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In The Green Room Series

There are no longer any performances available for this show.

McCoy Studio Theater

The MACC will be collecting donations for the Maui Food Bank during this event. We ask that our patrons bring needed items for those impacted by the wildfires. Donation bins will be located near the MACC's main entry gates.

The Merwin Conservancy’s Green Room series returns with Kanaka Maoli composer and sound artist Leilehua Lanzilotti.
A finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Lanzilotti will speak about Liliʻu, a new opera celebrating the legacy of the last Queen of Hawaiʻi. Set in 1895, when Queen Liliʻuokalani was imprisoned for almost a year in ʻIolani Palace,
Liliʻu tells the story of the Queen’s life at a time of great upheaval.
Lanzilotti will share excerpts from her libretto, sourced entirely from the writings of Lili`uokalani – including her newly published bilingual diaries, historical research, and in particular, the seven prison songs.

A “leading composer-performer” (New York Times), Leilehua Lanzilotti's work is characterized by expansive explorations of timbre. Lanzilotti’s practice explores radical indigenous contemporaneity, integrating community engagement into the heart of projects. By world-building through multimedia installation works and nontraditional concert experiences/musical interventions, Lanzilotti’s works activate imagination around new paths forward in language sovereignty, water sovereignty, land stewardship, and respect. Uplifting others by crafting projects that support both local communities and economy, the work inspires hope to continue. Lanzilotti is a 2023 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts Awardee.

Mahalo nui to Old Lāhainā Lū’au, presenting sponsor for this event.