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Maestro Matt Catingub to Lead Hawaii's First Independent Pops Organization

Hawaii Pops

Former Honolulu Symphony pops conductor Maestro Matt Catingub today announced the formation of Hawaii Pops, Hawaii’s first independent pops orchestra.  A non-profit organization, Hawaii Pops will launch its first season in September 2013, offering a series of concerts featuring popular artists, music and entertainment at the Hawaii Convention Center. The premiere season will run through May 2014.

“Music of all genres is essential to our cultural vitality,” said Catingub, artistic director of Hawaii Pops. “Hawaii Pops will enrich Honolulu’s culture and arts scene and provide concerts and music education for residents and visitors. We’re very excited about the formation of Hawaii Pops.”

As the home of Hawaii Pops, the Hawaii Convention Center is destined to become the premier concert and music venue in Hawaii. “The Hawaii Convention Center is the perfect venue for Hawaii Pops,” said Hawaii Pops Executive Director Donna Bebber. “The Center’s location is convenient for both residents and visitors, and its spaces will work beautifully for what we have in mind for our concerts.”

Hawaii Pops will offer music lovers three distinct experiences: full orchestra performances, jazz orchestra or big band performances, and small ensemble performances. Full orchestra performances will feature an orchestra of 40 musicians and offer guests an evening of music, dinner and dancing in the Hawaii Convention Center’s Ballroom.  Jazz orchestra or big band performances will feature an ensemble of approximately 12 musicians who will back up special guest artists from the jazz or contemporary music fields. Small ensembles of three to six musicians will also be available to perform in small venues and at private functions.

Hawaii Pops season will run from September to May with the first concert scheduled for September 14, 2013. A full season will be announced in June with complete details about dates, concert programs, guest artists and ticketing information. Please check the Hawaii Pops website at www.HawaiiPops.com.

Established in 2013 as an independent pops organization, Hawaii Pops is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring music and music education to residents and visitors of Hawaii. Under the artistic direction of Maestro Matt Catingub, Hawaii Pops will launch its first season in September 2013, offering a series of concerts featuring popular music and show tunes at the Hawaii Convention Center. The season will run through May. For more information about Hawaii Pops, visit www.HawaiiPops.com or call 808-523-7677.

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