[WORLD MUSIC] Mr. Press Release says: “Sixteen musicians and dancers from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia will showcase their fascinating panpipe music traditions. Panpipes are clusters of bamboo tubes ranging from a few inches in length to 4-5 feet, attached so that each player can perform melodies in multipart compositions. The largest pipes, lowest in pitch, are struck with hands or paddles, while the smaller, higher pipes are mouth-blown. Traditional body paint and garb contributes visual excitement to the virtuosic music. Panpipe music and the dances associated with it have developed in amazing ways in the Solomon Islands. Although tuned sets of mouth-blown bamboo pipes are found in many Pacific Islands (and in fact in numerous regions worldwide) Solomon Islanders have built a rich culture and repertoire around panpipes, featuring instruments both very small and very large. The Solomon Islands nation has been dealing in recent years with political divisiveness and instability, and the traditional performing arts, particularly panpipe ensembles, serve as a common element that bridge the nation’s diverse islands.” Tickets: $10, $20, and $30, half-price for keiki. Call 242-7469.