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The Colors of Christmas

The Kauai Chorale continues its tradition of a glorious holiday concert this season with “The Colors of Christmas.”  Two concerts will be performed; one at KCC Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm and the second performance at the St. Regis Grand Ballroom on Sunday, December 18th at 5:00pm.  Box office will open 30 minutes prior to concert time.

Directed by Lois Ricciardi and accompanied by Virginia Shepherd, music will consist of a wide range of great holiday music; some familiar with new arrangements, some with exciting rhythms, some beautiful and inspiring, as well as a little humorous. Also performing with Kauai’s island-wide community chorus will be instrumentalists Dan Spriggs, Kauai Chorale String Ensemble: Taylor, Daniel, Katherine Welch, Jane Albrecht; and a brass ensemble including Barry Toy and Mitchell Ouye. Jill Simonsen will join Virginia Shepherd for a 4-handed piano piece.

Tickets may be purchased in advanced for $12 from any chorale member and $15 at the door. Students’ tickets are $5.00. Call 822.5633 or 337-1882 for more information.

Music is Forever

Before we are even born we are surrounded by the music of our mother’s heartbeat, the sound and rhythm of her breath, the tempos of her strides, and the rich vibration of voices. There’s also a rhythm of sun and moon, time and tides. Melodies play in our minds and in nature. We are always surrounded by music! The Kaua’i Chorale Spring Concert celebrates the eternity of music by performing songs that reflect the music of life in its many expressions.

The concert will commence with “Let there be Music!” by Linda Spevacek that celebrates music itself with various rhythms, tones, melodies, and mixtures of voices. The music of nature will be celebrated with songs entitled “The Ground”,“The Ocean”, “I Believe in Springtime” with St. Theresa’s chorus, and the Hawaiian “Ka Wailele O Akaka” revering Akaka Falls on the Big Island. Poetry, a cousin of song, is honored with “A Jubilant Song” based on Walt Whitman’s “A Song of Joys”. This is also a virtuoso piano piece for our accompanist Virginia Shepherd. “Sway” is a Latin American dance song guaranteed to raise your body temperature. Other songs in the concert include the foot stomping gospel song “Joyful Joyful” from the movie “Sister Act 2”, the comforting ode to friendship “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and the immortal “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” first sung in 1939 by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”, and then remade and repopularized by Bruddah Iz fifty-four years later and still going strong. The concert’s sacred music includes an African Kyrie section of a mass and “The Lord is My Shepherd”. The Chorale will also sing a plea: “Don’t let the Music Stop”.

Lawrence Cole, songwriter and philosopher lectures that it is important for children “to hear their people sing.” Babies that are sung to sing to themselves, even to sleep sometimes, feeling the love that was shared in the initial singing. Remembering and singing a person’s favorite songs after they have passed away helps keep their memories alive for us. So if you’d like a major musical fix, come celebrate music with the Kaua’i Chorale. People have smilingly referred to it as Kaua’i’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The eighty- member choir will be joined by Marty Leonard on Drums, Joan Yamaguchi on oboe, Jane Albrecht, Taylor, Daniel and Katherine Welch on strings, and Mike Odo on bass guitar.

Performances are at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 14th at KCC, and at 5:00pm at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Student tickets are $5. See Ticket Outlets for places to buy your ticket.

(article by Annaleah Atkinson)