In Brief | Arts 2-14-14


APAC plans Irish-themed workshop

Aloha Performing Arts Company will offer “Irish Stew,” a spring break theater production workshop for 8- through 12-year-olds. The intensive workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 through 21 at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Participants will present a free public performance of “Irish Stew,” featuring Irish-themed songs, stories, poems and dances, at 2:30 p.m. March 21.

Jerry Tracy is the director, Gloria Juan is the music director and Nora Frank is the assistant director and choreographer. Participants will sing, dance and each be guaranteed a speaking role. They will also help with technical preparations for the show. For those who register by noon March 10, tuition is $150. After that time, the cost will be $175, with a registration cutoff at noon March 14. An afternoon snack and all workshop materials will be provided; each student will need to bring a lunch. Comfortable, modest clothing and closed-toe shoes are required. Workshop size is limited; early registration is recommended. For more information, call 322-9924.

Pride in Hawaiian Arts event slated Feb. 22

The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Kohala Chapter, is hosting the second annual Pride In Hawaiian Arts event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea. Admission is free to the public.

The gathering features talented artists and artisans, showcasing locally made products such as lauhala items, sculptures, decorated gourds, hula implements and Hawaiian clothing. The live Hawaiian entertainment lineup includes Komakakino, Grammy-winning slack key master Sonny Lim, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Lorna Lim and David Kaio. Food will be available; a silent auction and an opportunity to win a Queen Emma koa rocking chair are planned.

Proceeds are used to fulfill the mission of the Kohala Chapter to provide scholarships and preserve historic sites and ancient Hawaiian cultural practices.

Famed pianist playing at Waimea theater

Kahilu Theatre in Waimea is presenting Vadym Kholodenko — the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner — at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The most prestigious classical piano competition in the world is the Van Cliburn Competition, held once every four years in June. Thirty pianists from all over the world competed for the Gold Medal in 2014 and Kholodenko, 26, from the Ukraine, beat out a fantastic field.

On Wednesday, Kholodenko will present a romantically dreamy program of Chopin, Bach, Schubert and Mendelsohn, finishing off with some rousing Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The concert is sponsored by Alan Gartenhaus, Rhoady Lee, and Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Vadym will perform in more than 50 engagements in 2013–14 as part of his debut season as Cliburn Gold Medalist, including the Mann Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra, La Jolla Music Society, CU Presents, Cliburn Concerts, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, and Portland Piano International. He also performs Feb. 20 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, before continuing to the eastern states, Italy and Moscow.

The recording label Harmonia Mundi released a live CD of his award-winning Van Cliburn Competition performances, which will be available for sale at Kahilu Theatre. Tickets, priced $20, $34, $44 and $64, are available from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the Kahilu Theatre box office. Ticket may also be purchase by calling 885-6868 or visiting kahilutheatre.org.