Return to Romance Festival Welcomes Natalie Cole

Ana Figueroa Eight-time Grammy Winner Natalie Cole will lend her soul-filled voice to the stellar lineup of musicians at Hawaii’s Return to Romance Music Festival, March 1-11. Cole will perform during the “Rhythm of Romance from Motown to Nashville to Hollywood to Oahu” night at the Blaisdell Arena

By: Ana Figueroa



Eight-time Grammy Winner Natalie Cole will lend her soul-filled voice to the stellar lineup of musicians at Hawaii’s Return to Romance Music Festival, March 1-11. Cole will perform during the “Rhythm of Romance from Motown to Nashville to Hollywood to Oahu” night at the Blaisdell Arena on March 11th as the grand finale of the festival.

The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii created and will host the festival, which seeks to establish a new tradition of annually celebrating the greatest love songs in one of the most romantic locations on earth. These musical pieces will be performed in several venues on Oahu, including the historic Iolani Palace, Hawaii Theatre, Waikiki Shell and the Neal Blaisdell Arena, among others.

"Natalie is one of my all time favorite singers," said Matt Catingub, founder of the festival. "I remember falling in love with her voice and the range of music she was able to sing, from pop to jazz to soul. It gives me chicken skin just thinking about playing for her. It will be one of the guaranteed highlights for me and the festival."

The Matt Catingub Orchestra is a 40-piece ensemble composed entirely of local musicians, and the brain-child of Honolulu Symphony Pops Conductor, Matt Catingub. Its purpose is to add a new element to the Hawaiian music scene by presenting statewide festivals, releasing CDs annually and providing a platform for those resident musicians of the island state who deserve more international recognition. Catingub and founding partner, producer Allen Sviridoff, are both Grammy winners for their work on the romantic soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film, Good Night and Good Luck.

Top music industry professionals have been invited to partake in the inaugural festival, in an effort to draw international attention to Hawaii’s talents. Each night will showcase a different romantic theme, celebrity hosts, such as Nick and Nina Clooney, who will host three nights of the festival, and special guests from both Hawaii and the mainland. With headliners such as Natalie Cole, as well as popular artists such as Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, American Idol winner Ruben Stoddard and American Idol finalist Jordan Segundo, drawing a crowd should be easy.

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