Holiday Pops Concert (December 6, 2015)
Our traditional Holiday Pops again brought favorite holiday music and a wonderful guest artist. Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins, who performed with major orchestras all over the world, entertained with a variety of upbeat arrangements of holiday songs and signature pieces. Capathia was joined by another guest soloist, Jerry Eiting, to sing a terrific duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. The orchestra also had some fun selections, including music of Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Christmas at the Movies.
The Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins, created the role of ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’, which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.
In 2007, she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently, she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, and Law & Order. She can also be seen in the 2012 film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman and can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.
Maui Pops Goes to the Ballet
(March 22, 2015)
This concert was the first all-classical concert in the 10-year history of Maui Pops. The first half included the Overture to La Forza del Destino by Verdi, the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian), and two movements from the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. After Intermission and the setting up of the stage, the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presented selected scenes from the ballet “Coppélia” by Léo Delibes, directed by MAPA Dance Director Kathleen Schultz.
The Maui Pops Orchestra is very pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 “Auriol Flavell Student Scholarship for Young Musicians”. Ms. Kisa Uradomo received a $2,000 scholarship toward her future academic goals and was presented the award at our March 22nd concert, “Maui Pops Goes to the Ballet”.
Ms. Uradomo was a senior at King Kekaulike High School and graduated in the summer of 2015. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ira Uradomo of Kula (Maui). Ms. Uradomo plans to continue with her music education and has been accepted with a partial scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she plans to double major in music education and music performance. She enjoys playing in any kind of musical ensemble, whether it’s classical, jazz, or modern contemporary music. Ms. Uradomo has also served as a “Concertmaster” for the Maui Pops Orchestra’s performance of “Maui Pops Goes to the Ballet”.
The Board of Directors of the Maui Pops Orchestra congratulates Ms. Uradomo on winning the $2,000 student scholarship and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Maui Pops Presents Keola Beamer (February 22, 2015)
Keola Beamer is one of Hawai’i’s premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, composers, and Master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. His well of talent springs from five generations of Hawai’s most illustrious and beloved musical families. Moanalani Beamer, Keola’s wife, joined him in providing culturally significant hula with some of the pieces.
For over thirty years, Keola Beamer’s artistry has helped breathe new life into slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. Keola was one of the first to use slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is as much at home in jazz or classical forums as in Hawaiian music. And he was one of the first to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and the nose flute, with contemporary forms of music.
Keola Beamer has become a Hawaiian music legend, having grown up in one of Hawai’i’s most famous music families. Now one of Hawai’i’s premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, Keola Beamer’s breadth of talent springs from a family musical history that traces its involvement in Hawaiian music and hula at least as far as back as the 15th Century.
A multiple Na-Ho-ku- Hanohano Award winner (Hawaiian Music Awards) and “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient, Keola established himself early as a leader in contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote one of the all-time best-selling records in Hawaiian music history, “Honolulu City Lights”. He has since released over a dozen records. His wife, Moanalani Beamer, joins him in performing hula, as well as chants and traditional Hawaiian instruments.
Maui Pops’ Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration (January 25, 2015)
New York headliners Alli Mauzey and William Michals have presented this Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration program to audiences in various cities throughout the U.S., and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center was a perfect venue for this celebration.
Alli Mauzey recently starred as Glinda in the Broadway company of Wicked. Before that, she made her New York City Center Encores! debut in the role of Sydney in It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman. Other Broadway credits include Lenora in the musical Cry-Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award. Alli also originated the role of Lenora in the Pre-Broadway production of Cry-Baby at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (Theatre Critics Circle Award). She played Brenda in Hairspray on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour. Alli has also had the pleasure of doing several concerts with symphonies across the country, including playing Ellie in Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic and the title role in Cinderella alongside the Nashville Symphony Orchestra benefiting the charity Show Hope. She has a BFA degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in drama and a minor in music.
Baritone William Michals recently appeared in the landmark revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at Lincoln Center and made his Broadway debut as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Many other starring roles have earned him awards. Michals regularly appears with the country’s leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, San Diego, Utah, and Hartford Symphonies, and The New York Pops, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic.