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Orchestra to play Valentine’s benefit

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will once again join Grammy award-winning slack-key artist John Keawe on St. Valentine’s Day for its annual benefit concert titled “Hawaiian Love Songs.”

Keawe will play his favorite songs accompanied by an 18-piece chamber orchestra of Kamuela Philharmonic led by Music Director Madeline Schatz. The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in The Fairmont Orchid’s Grand Ballroom.

Light pupus prepared by the event sponsor, The Fairmont Orchid, and two beverages are included in the ticket price. A live and silent auction will be conducted prior to the concert. Auction items include rounds of golfs, a helicopter tour, overnight stays at resort hotels, art works, restaurant gift certificates and more.

Visit the orchestra website to catch a sneak peak of these items and more details on the auction.

Keawe enjoyed his orchestral debut last March with the philharmonic, and said he is glad to collaborate again.

The nine songs Keawe wrote were orchestrated especially for the concert by Hilo-based composer Herb Mahelona. Mahelona is a principal cellist of the orchestra and a choir teacher at Kamehameha Schools. Mahelona also arranged “Hawaii Pono‘i” and Schatz’s favorite Hawaiian song, “Poliahu,” for the program.

“The combined talents of these two ‘homegrown’ musicans make for a very different and highly enjoyable event,” said philharmonic spokeswoman Kaori Mitani.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $70 per person, and can be purchased via (800-838-3006), on the orchestra’s website, or from the Kona Wine Market at Kona Commons.


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