Fall Rehearsals begin Monday 8/29/2016 for December 2016 concerts – New Singers Welcome

“…What it’s like when human beings are in harmony….that’s a lesson for our times and for all times….” —John Rutter, quoted from the above video on “The Importance of Choir” (please press the “play” button on the above image to watch).  We will be singing John Rutter’s Magnificat as the first half of our December concert.

New singers are welcome. There is no audition, and no previous choral experience is required.  The only requirement is a commitment to attend Monday rehearsals each week and to practice one hour a week outside of rehearsal if needed.  Individual practice parts of Magnificat can be found on Cyberbass (http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Rutter_J/rutter_magnificat.htm).

Rehearsals are at the usual UH rehearsal room (click here for location on Google Maps) on Monday nights from 6:30- 8:30PM. First Fall rehearsal is Monday 8/29/2016. NO REHEARSAL MONDAY NIGHT 9/5 (LABOR DAY WEEKEND).

If you have already paid for the Magnificat during the optional summer rehearsals, you should bring a check for $61 ($45 for dues and $16 for music). If you have not already paid for the Magnificat, you should bring a check for $69 ($45 for dues and $24 for music). Please bring checks made payable to “Hilo Community Chorus.”  Scholarships available on request.

Below, you’ll find the December program music links (which also gives the titles/composers of the music).

In “God’s Love Made Visible” the children’s choir from Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences in Pahoa under the direction of Lisa Lilja Wells is scheduled to perform with us. They will also be invited to sing two or three songs on their own.

The last six numbers are all Hanukkah songs.

Our tentative Hilo Community Chorus main concert date is Saturday, December 3 at 3:00 pm, location to be announced.

Hilo Community Chorus will also again participate in the Holiday Concert at the University on Sunday, December 11. (more details to follow, usually at 2PM).

The annual Messiah sing-along will be on Sunday, December 18, at 3:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo HI.

December program preview:

Magnificat – John Rutter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smxdGiUM4R4

Christmas Day – Gustav Holst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwNX5PrThiA

Fantasia on Christmas Carols – Ralph Vaughan Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECAoloWRobE

God’s Love Made Visible – Dave Brubeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8S50r7YD4

Candlelight Canon – Andy Beck http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=20168584

We Are Lights – Stephen Schwartz http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=4962607

Dai Diddle Dai – David Eddleman http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=19736922

Hanukkah, the Season of Lights – Vicki Tucker Courtney http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=19701652

Hanukkah Wish – Audrey Snyder http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=8060485

Hanerot Halalu (Light the Candles) – Becki Slagle Mayo http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=19749718

For more information contact Tom McAlexander
at tommac@hawaii.rr.com or (808) 985-7192

Summer Rehearsals in Progress for December 2016 Concert

Optional summer rehearsals began on June 13 and continue every other (alternate) Mondays throughout the summer (June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22). Summer rehearsals are optional and are specifically for John Rutter’s Magnificat to get a head start on this rather challenging music. Rehearsals are at the usual UH rehearsal room (click here for location on Google Maps) from 6:30- 8:30PM.  Summer dues will be $15 and music fee is $8. The music fee is just for the Rutter.  Interested singers can join the summer rehearsals at any time.

Our regular Fall rehearsals for the December concert will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016.

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Upcoming Opportunity- Sing at Karl Jenkins Premiere with Distinguished Concerts International NY – Winter 2018

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ALL COMMUNITY SINGERS WELCOME TO JOIN HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS FOR THIS EVENT AS GUESTS OF OUR GROUP

from Tom McAlexander, Music Director:

“It was a cold January in 2008 when 25 singers from the Hilo Community Chorus (along with another 18 from the University, of which we were still a part), traveled to New York for the inaugural concert of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) featuring music of (Sir) Karl Jenkins (He has since been knighted). We had just performed his Requiem in Hilo, and they were looking for American choruses which had performed the work to sing at Carnegie Hall. Our conductor was DCINY’s co-founder and principal conductor Jonathan Griffith–one of the world’s great choral and orchestra conductors. (The other work on the program was Sir Karl’s The Armed Man.) I don’t believe any one of us complained about the cold. It was one of the highlights of our lives. And, we had plenty of time to see a few Broadway plays and eat in some great restaurants. About half of our singers who went to New York that first year are still members of the Chorus.

Since that time small groups or individuals from our Chorus have traveled to New York and other parts of the world to sing with DCINY choruses. It is always worth whatever it costs. Emma had always said she didn’t want to go–she had seen New York. Then she went. She even sat in on our rehearsal with Dr. Griffith. Couldn’t believe how much he was able to do with the large chorus he was working with. Now she wants to go back. So do I.

DCINY is not like other concert promoters. Although they can be of assistance in getting housing, travel, etc., that is not their focus. Their focus is concerts and education. We have always handled our logistics ourselves, individually, and it has worked out great. We can stay at five star hotels or at hostels. We can eat at five star restaurants or small delis. We have to be in New York for rehearsals on Friday and Saturday and concert on Sunday (if my recollection is correct–maybe it’s Saturday and Sunday rehearsals with concert on Monday), but evenings are free and we can stay as long as we want. The latest figures I have for two clinical rehearsals, a dress rehearsal, and concert at Carnegie Hall is $740 per singer unless we have 10 or more, then it’s $690 per singer. VIP travelers (or as I call ‘em, tag-alongs) cost half that amount, and they can have access to our rehearsals as well to the gala party that follows (the real reason I want to go). Or the tag-alongs can just go, purchase a ticket to the concert, and skip the gala.

January 2018 will mark DCINY’s tenth anniversary, and they will once again feature music of Sir Karl in their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. concert. I wrote to Iris Derke, co-founder and general director of DCINY and got this reply “And Aloha to you too Tom! Your beautiful words mean the world to me….especially that you remember our impending 10th anniversary. Having you and your singers with us for the grand opening of an extraordinary decade will be a cherry on top! Bravo!! Yes yes — Sir Karl will be with us in January of 2018 — programming will include his Stabat Mater, The Armed Man, and a brand new (short – 10 minutes) work that we will commission. What might strike your fancy? Stabat Mater is one of my absolute favorites.”

I would very much like to take another group of singers to New York for this festive occasion and sing Stabat Mater and perhaps his new work.

So let’s make 2018 a really big year and start it in New York singing at Carnegie Hall! Aloha, — Tom”

ALL COMMUNITY SINGERS WELCOME TO JOIN HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS FOR THIS EVENT AS GUESTS OF OUR GROUP

For more information email Tom McAlexander at tommac@hawaii.rr.com or call (808) 985-7192

(photo from NYconcertreview.com)

Upcoming Opportunity- Sing Verdi Requiem in Barcelona, Spain with Jonathan Griffith Singers, July 2017

Barcelona-image-3Hilo Community Chorus members are invited to participate in the Jonathan Griffith Singers 10-day tour to Barcelona in July, 2017 (click this link for more information).   The music is Verdi’s Requiem, and 2 performances are planned.

Jonathan’s tours are always of the highest quality.  Professional orchestras and soloists are featured.  Participants stay in 4 and 5-star hotels, and comfortable ground transportation is provided. Some meals are included in the price.  This is a wonderful opportunity to sing in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, and along with Jonathan’s fantastic (and fun!) workshops and conducting, you will find that this is a musical experience not to be missed!

Land cost:  $2700, if paid in full; $2800, if paid in 5 installments; $2900, if paid in 10 installments

Space is limited; “sopranos and altos who are also able to bring a quality tenor or bass will be given priority.”

“In South America we visited a winery in Uruguay, and sang in the 19th century opera house. We took a ferry across to Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires we went to a professional tango performance and sang in a basilica in the Italian quarter. This concert is the absolute highlight of anyplace I’ve ever sung. The audience was brought to tears, and I confess I was too, to hear the last note ringing above us in the church for what seemed like forever.”

“In Turkey we had 3 performances, in Eskisahir, the home of the poet Yunus Emre, whose music we were singing, in Ankara, and in Istanbul. In Istanbul we took a boat tour of the strait between Europe and Asia.”

“We had professional orchestras and singers on both tours. We sounded good, but together with the professionals, we sounded great!”

“No tour is complete without sampling local culture and food. If I can say just one thing about Jonathan (besides his musical talents), it’s that he’s all about having fun!”

“Others in our group have also traveled with Jonathan: ask any of them if they would go again. I’m sure they will say yes!”

-submitted by Mahealani

2016 Hilo Community Chorus Scholarship Winner, University of Hawaii, Hilo student Moriah Mathson

IMGP6275Below are excerpts from the essay submitted by 2016 Hilo Community Chorus scholarship winner, University of Hawaii Hilo student Moriah Mathson (photo above).

“…I remember singing during elementary school and a few church productions, but I never did any formal singing during middle school, high school, or college because I felt like it was not my forte. This spring semester was my first time singing in a choir….

…I was in band during middle school and high school; I played the clarinet. I liked band because I enjoyed being part of a group, and we all had the same goal: to share beauty. After high school, I tried to get involved in the local community band and was able to perform with them for one year. Sadly the community band fell apart because 1) most of the band was made of the high school/middle school music teachers and their schedules were packed, and 2) their tuba player passed away…

…During high school, I participated in the Alaska Southeast Music Convention for three years. Southeast Music Convention is an event that happens during the spring. All the high schools from the different islands travel to a host city of the year (Sitka, Juneau, Haines, or Ketchikan) to perform competitively for three days….

….I played piano from 7th grade until I was 26 years old and was leaving for college [in Hawaii]. I stopped playing because I couldn’t afford to take lessons while in college….I decided to change my decision from being a music major to a career in the medical field (which will support my music habit). I earned a professional certificate in Harmony and Ear training from Berklee College of Music online during the time I thought I was going to be a music major….

….My objectives and goals, at this time, for choral music is to audition and take Kapili Choir Spring 2017. Being in the University Choir has opened more doors to me as a musician. It is nice to know, if I practice, I can participate in other choirs such as community or church choirs. This experience also allowed me to form new friendships. The next step of my education will require me to leave the Big Island. I do not know if my family will be able to come with; if they cannot, I will be on my own for the first time. If it is possible to join a choir, I will make friends and will be able to function better in graduate school. Having good friendships and support is incredibly important when you do not have family around.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO MORIAH FROM HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS AND BEST WISHES FOR A LIFETIME FULL OF MUSIC AND GOOD FRIENDS MADE IN CHORUS WHEREVER YOU MAY LIVE

Spring Concert, Saturday May 28, 2016, 3 PM and UH Choral Scholarship Presentation

Spring 2016 Poster2Chorus to Perform Two Requiems

The Hilo Community Chorus will present Luigi Cherubini’s “Requiem in C minor” and Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” in concert on Saturday, May 28, at 3:00 pm at First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Hawaii 96720.  Click here to see location at Google Maps.

The Cherubini, which will be accompanied by Walter Greenwood, premiered January 21, 1816 at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his beheading during the French Revolution. It was admired by Beethoven and performed at his funeral. Schumann praised it as being “without equal in the world.”

The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, (2013) form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. It will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and will be conducted by Dr. Daniel Mahraun, who first conducted HCC last spring at the Palace Theater. Rachel Edwards, last year’s recipient of the Hawaii Concert Society’s scholarship, will be the guest soprano soloist.

Moriah Mathson, student at UH-Hilo, will be the recipient of the third annual Hilo Community Chorus Tom McAlexander Choral Music Scholarship award for 2016. According to her instructor, Amy Horst, “ Moriah is a Senior Psychology major with a 3.96 GPA. She has been an extremely dedicated alto singer in the University Chorus this past semester, and I look forward to her continuing with University Chorus in the Fall, and then joining the Kapili Choir in the Spring, next school year.”

Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased from chorus members or at the door. For more information, call HCC choral director Tom McAlexander (985-7192) or email tommac@hawaii.rr.com.

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