Monday, August 8th, 2016

Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center conclude their summer music collaboration on the Morristown Green tomorrow, Aug. 9, with a lunchtime performance by Lei Pasifika – Tahitian and Hawaiian dance from the Pacific.

The concert will run from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Morristown Green, with a rain site at the Morristown United Methodist Church on the Green, 50 Park Place.

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Lei Pasifika is a performance group focused on the music and dances of the Pacific Islands, mainly Tahiti and Hawaii. Sharing and cultivating the exotic cultures of Polynesia, their performances embody the spirits of these islands, taking a magical voyage in time, places, and legends.

Through performances, dance classes, and costume workshops, they share and maintain the culture and lifestyle that is so dear to them.

Founder and director of Lei Pasifika, Makalina Gallagher, was born and raised in and around the Pacific Islands, living in the Marianas, Caroline, and Hawaiian islands most of her life.

A graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in Theatre and Drama, she has studied ballet, jazz, modern and tap in New York City. With the Tiny Bubble Band and her Hawaiian Express Dancers, she has performed onChannel 13 WNET PBS, NYC Telethon, FOX5 Good Day New York, and at Bette Midler’s 4th Annual Hulaween Ball.

Brown bag a meal, stop by while walking your dog, take a lunch break from work and bring friends to experience a world music and dance celebration while getting to know your neighbors.

This is the fourth in a series of summer lunchtime concerts in downtown Morristown, featuring a wide variety of world music. Previous acts included Smitty’s Polka Band Trio; Indian Ragas and Rhythms, with Shivalik Ghoshal and Andrew Shantz; and Mexico Beyond Mariachi.

“We hope that people enjoy our wonderful free lunchtime outdoor concerts that celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area,” said Allison Larena, President and CEO of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.