On Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m., at the Kahilu Theatre, HPAF will continue its season with Along the Way, featuring three-time American Prize winner Justin John Moniz and Festival-favorite Phil Kadet. The program celebrates HPAF’s return to in-person programming and the restoration of live music. Ticket info below
“We are excited to feature two of our Festival favorites, one of whom is an alumnus of our program,” says Val Underwood, Artistic Director. “Justin first studied here at HPAF as a student in 2009. I discovered Phil playing Sondheim at a bar in NYC around the same time. They’ve both been a part of the HPAF Ohana ever since.”
A three-time winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance, Moniz’s “superb high tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) and “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theaters, and concert halls across the nation, having sung over 90 roles to date with companies including Opera Grand Rapids, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Sarasota Opera, and Florida Grand Opera. In addition to his active performance career, he currently serves as Executive Director of HPAF, as well as Associate Director of Vocal Pedagogy and Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance at NYU Steinhardt.
Phil Kadet is a multi-talented musician based in New York City. He is an entertainer, composer, arranger, music director, producer, conductor, and accompanist, working in many diverse genres of music, from jazz to opera. Since 2013, he has been a collaborative pianist and guest artist with the Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival, and also locally with the Kahilu Theatre, recently music directing 2019’s production of West Side Story. He is a member of the rock group Escaper, whose new album, Apotheosis, was recently released. He is also a staff accompanist at NYU Steinhardt.
Along the Way chronicles a journey through this crazy little thing called life; the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and all of the victories and the losses… along the way. The program includes tunes by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, William Finn, Alan Menken, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Jason Robert Brown, and more. HPAF will welcome a reduced capacity in-person audience to Kahilu Theatre for each performance. Alternatively, concert-goers can tune into the performances from home via Kahilu.TV. Tickets for all of the Festival’s upcoming programs are available via the Kahilu Theatre Box Office by visiting: https://kahilutheatre.org/Shows/2021-July
ABOUT HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
HPAF is a non-profit organization whose aim is to offer a world-class music training and performance program in the inspirational setting of Hawaii and to improve the education and elevate the spirit of all who participate, especially the local community.