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Jesus-Christ-The-MessiahHilo Community Chorus will host Hilo’s annual Messiah sing-along at 2:15 PM, December 10, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo HI, 96720. (click link to go to location in Google Maps)

YOU ARE THE CHORUS.  Scores will be provided for use by the singing public, or bring your own score.  Listeners also welcome.

From Wikipedia: “Messiah was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.”

The sing-along will consist of Part 1 plus the famous Hallelujah chorus.  Soloists for the event will be Amy Horst, Gerdine Markus, Ian McMillan and Barry Brandes.


Hilo Community Chorus presents free concert “An Olde World Christmas” Saturday, December 2, 2017, 2:00 PM

Poster by Greg

The Hilo Community Chorus will present its annual holiday concert of carols and seasonal music at 2 PM Saturday, Dec. 2, at First United Protestant Church.

Tom McAlexander, the group’s longtime musical director, will conduct the performance and Walter Greenwood will accompany on organ and piano. Admission is free.

The concert features the hauntingly beautiful new “Magnificat” for chorus and soprano soloist by up-and-coming Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen. HCC is excited to present the work of such a young composer.

Arnesen was born in 1980 and already is receiving worldwide recognition. His “Magnificat,” written and first performed in 2010, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016.

The soprano solos will be sung by Amy Horst, who is well known to Hawaii audiences for her frequent recitals and concerts and for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in the Palace Theater’s recent musical production. Horst also is director of choral studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The second half of the concert features seven chorus members as soloists in the “International Carol Suites” by American composer Mark Hayes. The three suites are newly composed for 2017. They compile various traditional and seasonal songs from Western and Eastern Europe and the British Isles in inventive and surprising ways.

The First United Protestant Church is located at 1350 Waianuenue Ave. above the Hilo Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic . (click above link to go to location in Google Maps).

An interview with composer Kim Andre Arnesen can be seen here .  An interview with composer Mark Hayes can be seen here

In addition to the First United concert, the Hilo Community Chorus will host Hilo’s annual Messiah sing-along at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St. Soloists for the event will be Horst, Gerdine Markus, Ian McMillan and Barry Brandes. Singers and listeners are welcome.

The Hilo Community Chorus is a nonprofit organization. Members are not auditioned. Anyone interested in singing with the group can contact McAlexander at  (some text copied from Hawaii Tribune Herald article here , no author attributed)

2017 University Holiday Card to Hilo, “The Festive Season,” Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 PM


From dressing up at Halloween to ringing in the New Year, this time of year brings excitement and joy.  Join UH Hilo’s Kapili Choir and University Chorus, the Orchid Isle Orchestra, the Hilo Community Chorus, and and special guests for a concert celebrating the festive season.  This annual concert, beloved by Hilo audiences, welcomes all – e komo mai!

Invitation to Sing – Messiah Parts 2&3, Spring 2017, Rehearsals start January 9, All Welcome


2017 marks the 275th anniversary of the premiere of Handel’s Messiah. For the 1742 premiere of Messiah in Dublin, it is estimated that Handel had a combined ensemble of approximately 50 performers, with almost the same number of vocalists as instrumentalists. Experienced singers from the better church choirs made up the chorus; two different soloists shared the roles for each voice part. While the chorus had no female singers, the soprano and alto solo parts were sung by women.

The Hilo Community Chorus will present Parts II & III of Messiah in concert on Sunday, May 21 at the Palace Theater in Hilo with chorus, organ, continuo, and trumpets. Choral rehearsals will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, January 9, at the UH-Hilo rehearsal room (next to the Performing Arts Center, click link to view location on Google Maps)

The Hilo Community Chorus is a non-auditioned community-based chorus directed by Tom McAlexander and accompanied by Walter Greenwood. Anyone who loves to sing choral music and is willing to devote two hours each week for rehearsals is welcome to join. Dues are $45 for the semester, and music cost is $8 for the Leonard Van Camp Messiah score. Scholarships available if cost would prevent you from singing. For more information, call McAlexander on 985-7192 or email

Palace Theater’s 2nd Annual Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 18 2016, at 7:00 PM



SUNDAY, DEC. 18 at 7pm
Doors open at 6pm

Come celebrate the season at the Palace Theater with the Hilo Community Chorus accompanied by Walter Greenwood on the organ.

Selections from Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Magnificat, songs of Hanukkah, plus a fun holiday sing-along!

Advance Tickets: General -$10; Center Reserved – $15
All tickets will be $5 more on Day of Show.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or over the phone with a credit card at 934-7010, M-F, 10am-3pm.
A benefit for the Palace Theater!



hallelujah-on-notes-smlOn Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm, the Tenth annual “Messiah” sing-along will be presented at Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St., Hilo (opposite Hospice, click link to view location in Google Maps).

The Hilo Community Chorus and Christ Lutheran Church Choir will join the audience in singing the great choruses from Part I, the Advent/Christmas portion of the oratorio, with the addition of the Hallelujah chorus from Part II and Worthy Is the Lamb/Amen from Part III. The choral numbers will be conducted by Tom McAlexander, and the accompaniment will be provided by Walter Greenwood, organ; Rick Mazurowski, piano; and Armando Mendoza, trumpet. Soloist are Amy Horst, soprano; Andrea Christensen and Lucia Samuels, alto; Ian McMillan, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass.

So bring your own score if you have one, or borrow one as you enter the church. Or, if you prefer, just come and enjoy the music. You may sit with your section (look for the signs on the pews), or sit wherever you please. No rehearsals are required, but there will be an open rehearsal on Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 PM at the church. For more information, call 985-7192 or email .