Hawaii masterclass and fundraiser
Posted on 17 November 2011
During a recent concert tour in Hawaii Dame Kiri took time out to help local students and some fundraising activity. Aria asked Karen Tiller, Executive Director of Hawaii Opera Theatre to describe what happened … “Hawaii opera patrons were thrilled by the recent appearances of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Honolulu and on the island of Maui. Though her public concerts were the highlight of her time here, she also participated in two events that were educational in nature... something truly dear to her.
Dame Kiri began her work in the islands with a Masterclass with students from the University of Hawaii as well as artists who are part of the Hawaii Opera Theatre Orvis Studio Program. Dame Kiri worked with 6 young artists for over three hours... imparting wisdom and constructive criticism. The students were gushing after the event, one saying, "It is just incredible to have one-on-one time with one of the greatest singers in opera history."
Neiman Marcus of Honolulu hosted a special dinner in honor of Dame Kiri and Hawaii Opera Theatre. Seventy-Five patrons enjoyed a small mini-recital and conversation with the artist. True to form, Dame Kiri wowed this group not only with her incredible musical artistry, but her generous conversation about her life, career and foundation. Speaking for nearly 40 minutes, every patron felt by the end of the evening, they had real insight into her life. It was an incredibly special night with proceeds supporting both the Hawaii Opera Theatre and The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation in equal measure.
Hawaii loved everything she did in the islands... we can't wait until she comes back!”