The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center hosts the Great Leaps Dance Concert on Saturday, May 3 and the Jazz Orchestra’s Swing Thing concert on Thursday, May 8.

Great Leaps

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Department presents two dance performances on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The show features performers from dance classes at UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. Great Leap features dance performances ranging from classical, ballet, contemporary, jazz and aerial, choreographed by Annie Bunker, Celeste Staton, Kea Kapahua and special guest choreographer Dori Yamada. The concert also features a senior project presentation by Performing Arts Major Sarah Goo.

Swing Thing

The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra presents its spring concert, Swing Thing, on Thursday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. The 25-piece Jazz Orchestra is comprised of UH Hilo student musicians under the direction of Trever Veilleux.

The concert celebrates the great swing bands of the 1930s as well as those from the swing revival. Classic repertoire such as In the Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be performed alongside more modern pieces like Zoot Suit Riot from the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra will be joined by special guest vocalists and dancers performing original choreography by Yamada.

The concert will also feature the award-winning Honokaʻa High School Jazz Band under the direction of Gary Washburn.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $7 General, $5 discount, students with a valid ID and children 17 and under and available at the box office, Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., on school days. To order by phone, call (808) 932-7490, or order online.

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