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  • Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) -Improvisational Jazz Ensemble Pacific Harp

  • Type: Special Event
    Date: Saturday - 5/25/2019
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Hawaii Public Radio (HPR)
    Atherton Performing Arts Studio
    738 Kaheka Street
    Honolulu, HI 96814

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Improvisational Jazz Ensemble Pacific Harp Project Opens HPR's Atherton Summer Concert Series May 25

The Summer Concert Series at HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio kicks off May 25 with Pacific Harp Project. Contrary to what you might expect, Pacific Harp Project is a jazz ensemble. The Honolulu-based group brings classical harp to improvisational jazz and vice versa, through new takes on well-loved harp pieces as well as the group's own compositions. Engaging, surprising, and always rewarding, this performance offers an experience you won't get with anyone else.

Pacific Harp Project's self-titled debut album was a 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner for Instrumental Album of the Year. Their newest album, entitled Play, was released earlier this year.

Reservations may be made online at or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; online service fees apply. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.

About the artists

HARP - Megan Bledsoe Ward holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Harp Performance from the University of Washington, where her dissertation served as the genesis for the Pacific Harp Project. Megan performs with various orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs, and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. She teaches music theory and directs the Vocal Ensemble at Pacific Rim University.

VIBRAPHONE - Noel Okimoto is a drummer, orchestral percussionist, vibraphonist, composer, and clinician who has played locally and internationally with Freddie Hubbard, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Getz, and many others. He is also the percussion section leader of the historic Royal Hawaiian Band.

BASS - Jon Hawes has performed, toured, and/or recorded with artists such as Henry Kapono, Cecilia & Kapono, Michael McDonald, Makana, and Paula Fuga. He has also earned film and television score credits. Hawes was born in England, raised in Massachussets, and lives in Kailua.

DRUMS - Allan Ward holds four degrees in music related fields, including a Master of Science degree in music education through Syracuse University. He is a full-time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band and performs and teaches locally. Prior to that, Ward taught music for Seattle Public Schools.


WHO: Pacific Harp Project

WHAT: Improvisational jazz quintet playing harp classics and original songs

WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 738 Kāheka Street, Honolulu

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 HPR members, $15 students; plus online service charge

RESERVATIONS: Reserve seats at or call 955-8821 during business hours

About HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio

The Atherton Studio seats 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The Studio is available for rent for musical performances, community group meetings, and lectures. It is located in the HPR office and studio complex at 738 Kaheka Street, across from the Honolulu Don Quijote. Metered street parking is available, as are paid lots at the First Hawaiian Bank (Kapi‘olani branch) and in the Pan Am building.

About Hawaii Public Radio

HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In October 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM)

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