Messina to lead Hawaii Pops concerts

Jul. 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Hawaii Pops, the new music organization led by Matt Catingub, announced a schedule of monthly performances on Monday, July 15, that showcases a broad range of pops music and features some of the biggest names performing today.

The season opens Sept. 14 and runs through May 31, 2014, and incorporates everything from country to jazz.

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina opens the inaugural Hawaii Pops season on Sept. 14. (Courtesy photo)

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina opens the inaugural Hawaii Pops season on Sept. 14. (Courtesy photo)

Hawaii Pops will present an “Orchestra Series” at the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom, which will include guest artists, dinner and dancing, and “Live at Lewers” concerts, which are billed as intimate evenings of music at the Halekulani Hotel’s jazz lounge.

An “Orchestra Series” concert kicks off the season with country music singer Jo Dee Messina, who has had nine No. 1 singles on Billboard’s country music charts and has sold more than 5 million records. That will be followed in October by a James Bond-themed concert that will bring singer Sheena Easton, vocalist on “For Your Eyes Only,” to the convention center.

The series also includes a holiday season performance with Amy Hanaiali‘i, Jim Nabors and Emma Veary; a January concert with Keali‘i Reichel, a dance-oriented concert in March with pop star Taylor Dayne, and an evening of smooth soulful tunes with legendary singer Al Jarreau in May.

The “Live at Lewers” concerts open Nov. 15 and 16 with classic pop star Jack Jones and continues with Robert Cazimero performing from “The Great American Songbook” in February. Singer Tierney Sutton rounds out the series in April.

Ticket prices for the “Orchestra Series” range from $35 for theatre-style seating; $60 for a cocktail table; and $75 at a table of 10, with discounts available for group purchases. Tickets are available for purchase at hawaiipops.com, honoluluboxoffice.tix.com and by calling (808) 550-8457.

“Live at Lewers” prices were not announced. They will be available on Sept. 1.

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