Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri opens Hilo PAC season August 28, 2012 SOURCE: University of Hawaii-Hilo The University of Hawai`i at Hilo Performing Arts Center begins its 2012-13 season with the Eddie Palmieri – Brian Lynch Jazz Quartet featuring Dafnis Prieto and Luques Curtis on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. “We are so thrilled to start off the season with jazz legend Eddie Palmieri, who recently received the highest honor available as a jazz artist today — the 2013 NEA Jazz Master Award,” said PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “Lead by two of the world premiere jazz artists, the quartet is sure to be charismatic and powerful.” On Friday, October 26 at 6:30 pm, Red Grammer takes the stage as one of the leading entertainers for children and families. “His irrepressible sense of play and genuine love and respect for children make his songs of oneness, character, conflict resolution, and community so beloved by all kids across the globe,” Dombroski noted. On Ensemble continues the season on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm with Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix. Four artists take the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms, infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica. Celebrate the holiday season Hilo-style with Sounds of the Season on Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm. The UH Hilo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Howell, starts the holiday season with a concert of traditional and contemporary music. The Intergalactic Nemesis, a Live-Action Graphic Novel on January 11 kicks-off 2013. “This show is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic-books,” Dombroski said. “This is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.” The Keigwin + Company Dance entertains on January 21. “K+C lives to create provocative, witty and engaging dances. Utilizing a collaborative process that combines physicality with theatricality, art is fused with entertainment,” Dombroski explained. Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths told by Alton Chung and Jackie Pualani Johnson ends the season on April 13. “Alton Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This combined with his Japanese and Korean roots give him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity,” Dombroski said. “Storyteller Jackie Pualani Johnson will weave the epic tale of Pele and Hi`iaka into a stirring journey of moving images and lilting voices to recreate this drama of devotion, revenge, and love. The words and powerful visuals are taken from Volcano artist Dietrich Varez in the retelling of this ancient story.” All events take place in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Season subscription packages, ranging in price from $50 to $110, are currently available by calling the PAC Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at www.artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu. Single tickets, for all events, will be available beginning September 18.