3rd Nov, 2019
First You Dream with Allison Blackwell (KPO Benefit)
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Concert - Fundraiser
  • Private Estate in Kailua-Kona
  • $100
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Concert Description

The Board of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society and the Hoku Concert Series cordially invites you to an extraordinary afternoon of music with Broadway songstress Allison Blackwell as she performs Broadway hits, powerful operatic selections, and soulful R&B classics for a program that will leave you spellbound.

Pianist and Hawai‘i Island treasure, Cheryl “Quack” Moore—of “Saturday Night Live” fame—accompanies Ms. Blackwell for this special fundraiser for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra.

Get up close and personal with these two powerhouses at a private estate in Kailua-Kona with the beautiful Kona coast serving as the backdrop for a program that includes tunes such as George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Cole Porter’s “In the Still of the Night,” Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, and much more!

These special fundraising concerts benefiting the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra are on Saturday, November 2, 2019, and Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at a private estate in Kailua-Kona. Tickets for the performances are $100. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious pupus and beverages compliments of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra.

Allison Blackwell fundraiser poster

Additional Information

  • Silent auction begins at 2:00 pm.
  • Concert starts at 3:30 pm.
  • Complimentary pupus, beverages included in ticket price.
  • Ticket purchasers will receive directions to the venue one week before the concert.
  • For questions about purchasing tickets, please call 808.315.7413.

About Allison Blackwell

Raised in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, this award-winning songstress has distinguished herself as a force of nature in the theatre and concert world. Her versatile voice and outgoing personality on stage make her a highly sought-out performer.

Allison Blackwell made her Broadway debut in the “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” alongside six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald and Tony Nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. This life-changing experience allowed Ms. Blackwell to record her first original cast album and perform at the 2012 Tony Awards (Winner: Best Revival). In 2013, Allison was blessed to play one of her musical “idols” Aretha Franklin, in “A Night With Janis Joplin.” USA Today noted, “Allison Blackwell, veers from a stunning operatic rendering of ‘Summertime’ to a shivery, booming impersonation of Aretha Franklin.” She subsequently joined the Broadway cast for Disney’s “The Lion King” after finishing her run in “A Night With Janis Joplin.” Allison Blackwell can be currently seen playing the featured role of Violetta in “Pretty Woman: The Musical.” 

“When Edward and Vivian go to see “La Traviata,” they’re practically blown off the stage next to Allison Blackwell’s stunning soprano.”  -Roma Torre NY1

Allison Blackwell has performed with such orchestras as The Boston Pops, The Philly Pops, The New York Pops, The Atlanta Symphony, and The Houston Symphony, as well as countless regional theaters across the country. Ms. Blackwell has been involved in numerous workshops and developmental readings for new musicals. 

Allison Blackwell currently resides in New York City.

Learn more about Ms. Blackwell here.

Allison Blackwell standing in a doorway

About Cheryl “Quack” Moore

Cheryl “Quack” Moore (a.k.a. Cheryl Hardwick) retired to Hilo in 2001 from NYC having spent 25 years on “Saturday Night Live” as band member, composer, and music director. She holds a Masters degree from Juilliard School of Music, and won 2 Emmys as a composer for “Sesame Street.”

In 2001, she moved to Hilo and quickly became the President of the Board of Directors for the Palace Theatre; serving for twelve years. Quack has been the music director for all fourteen of the Palace’s annual musicals, and she remains active in many areas of the performing arts on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Cheryl "Quack" Moore in a black blouse
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