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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PALACE THEATER AND THE HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS PRESENT
2ND ANNUAL PALACE HOLIDAY CONCERT
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!
On 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 email@example.com .
John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and Other Season Songs, presented by Hilo Community Chorus, Tom McAlexander, Conductor, and Walter Greenwood, Accompanist. Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM, First United Protestant Church, 1350 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 (click for location on Google Maps) .
The Hilo Community Chorus will present “John Rutter’s Magnificat and other seasonal songs” in concert at the First United Protestant Church (above the Hospital and Kaiser) in Hilo on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Amy Horst will be guest soloist in the Magnificat. The Harmonizers from Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences in Pahoa, directed by Lisa Lilja Wells, will join with the chorus to sing “God’s Love Made Visible” by Dave Brubeck; and they will sing a set of songs on their own. Other guests will include Herb Mahelona, cello and violin, and Elan Kobel, clarinet.
The program will also include a set of Hanukkah songs and two choral favorites: Christmas Day by Gustav Holst with Andrea Christensen as soloist, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Allan Anderson as soloist. Holst and Vaughan Williams were contemporaries, born two years apart, friends, and colleagues; and both were deeply influenced by the English Folksong.
This concert is free as a gift to the community. Donations are accepted. Hilo Community Chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Chorus 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 9th Annual Messiah sing-along will be on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2 PM at the Christ Lutheran Church, 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720 .
TOM MCALEXANDER, CONDUCTOR; WALTER GREENWOOD, ORGAN; RICK MAZUROWSKI, PIANO; WITH SOLOISTS
AND YOU, (BRING YOUR OWN SCORE OR BORROW ONE AT THE DOOR)
concert location at google maps: 595 Kapiolani St, Hilo, HI 96720