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Liane Carroll kicks off summer season

<p>Liane Carroll (COURTESY PHOTO)</p>

Liane Carroll (COURTESY PHOTO)

One of the world’s foremost jazz artists, Liane Carroll, will open the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s ninth season at 7 p.m., July 9, at the Kahilu Theatre. Carroll was named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by the British Jazz Awards and recently released a new CD, “Ballads,” to rave reviews in the United Kingdom.

The HPAF will offer something for all music lovers. Chee-Yun, the Korean-American violinist, will perform for Hilo audiences in a multimedia, string concert, and a raucous night of opera fun will take place at Huggo’s in Kona. The festival will offer three complete operas, a collaboration with Honokaa jazz legend Gary Washburn, baroque pieces and a Broadway review. HPAF will perform at seven different venues all over Hawaii Island during their festival season. Many concerts will be free to the public.

An adjunct program of HPAF, Lifelong Singer 2013, is for adult singers of all abilities. From July 1-5 participants can study any kind of music-opera, jazz, pop, art song. Liane Carroll will be in residence on July 4 and 5 to collaborate with students on song interpretation.

HPAF’s benefits to the community are far reaching. They will offer 10 free concerts, awards scholarships to young artists from Hawaii, supports local food banks, and works with local nonprofits to provide free concert tickets to disadvantaged adults. Kids under 12 are admitted free to all concerts.

A brand new membership society has just been announced, for music lovers who want to demonstrate their support on several different levels. HPAF is a 501[c]3 nonprofit arts organization. Volunteers and housing assistance are needed for this season. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org or call 333-7378.