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8th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, 2 PM Sunday December 21, 2014, Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo HI

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“Holiday Card to Hilo”, 2 PM Sunday December 14, 2014, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

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concert location: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center at Google Maps

“Tapestry of Light” Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3 PM

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Hilo Community Chorus Concert Set for December 7, 2014

The Hilo Community Chorus, conducted by Tom McAlexander and accompanied by Walter Greenwood, will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo. However, you will want to arrive early–by 2:45– to hear pre-concert music played by Greenwood on the fabulous Holy Cross organ.

The program opens with “Christmas…In About Three Minutes,” consisting of a number of snippets of well-known carols. You will be asked to count them, so be ready! Following will be several familiar carols as well as some fresh off the press. Members of the Chorus will be featured as soloists in several of the songs, and three members of the Christ Lutheran Church Bell Choir will join in a new arrangement of “I Saw Three Ships.”

In the second half of the program the Chorus will present Joseph M. Martin’s “Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration.” They will be accompanied by a Celtic consort of Greenwood on piano, Loren Brownlea on violin, Herb Mahelona on cello, Cheryl Shine on flute and penny whistle, and Chelsea Pacheco on percussion. As in the first half, solos will be sung by Chorus members. In “Tapestry,” Martin, who will be in Hilo next October, has taken very familiar Celtic tunes and added new words to tell the Christmas story. Members of the Christ Lutheran Church Chancel Choir will join with the Chorus in this presentation.

This concert is free. It is presented as a gift to the community.

Eternal Music, Eternal Light: Saturday May 10, 2014, 7 PM

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Hilo Community Chorus performs “Eternal Music, Eternal Light”

On Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. the Hilo Community Chorus, in conjunction with the Palace Theater, proudly presents a program of two master choral works, Haydn’s “Missa in Angustiis” (more commonly known as the “Lord Nelson Mass”), and a work by contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen, the “Lux Aeterna” (or “Eternal Light.”)

The “Eternal Music” of our program, the “Lord Nelson Mass” was written in 1798. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”. Under the baton of conductor Tom McAlexander, the Hilo Community Chorus is proud to feature four of the finest performers in the Hilo community doing the demanding solo work. Kaui Trainer, soprano; Gerdine Markus, mezzo-soprano; Pedro Ka’awaloa, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass, will be joined at the organ by noted accompanist Walter Greenwood.

“Lux Aeterna” translates from the Latin as “Eternal Light”, and is a five-movement requiem which, according to its composer, “is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels.”

Morten Lauridsen is the most widely-performed modern choral composer in the world. In 2006, Lauridsen was named an ‘American Choral Master’ by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

Tickets on sale at The Palace Theater Box Office for only $12, or directly from Chorus members for $10

7th Annual Messiah Sing-along: Sunday, Dec 22, 2013; 3 PM

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Seventh Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Why do people stand when the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah is sung? Legend has it that the tradition began when, at the first London performance of Messiah in 1743, King George II happened to be present. He stood up (presumably overcome by the majesty of the music), and when the king stood up, everyone was expected to stand up, and the custom has carried through the years. Actually there is no record of King George II or any member of the royal family ever attending a Messiah performance. The legend is based on a letter written decades later by someone who was not present at the performance but who had heard the story from a friend who claimed to have been present. And so the legend was born.

This year, on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm, the seventh Messiah sing-along will occur at the Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St. in Hilo. The Hilo Community Chorus 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. Soloists are Kaui Trainer, soprano; Gerdine Markus, alto; Pedro Kaawaloa, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass.So bring your own score, if you have one, or borrow one from the church as you enter. 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. And should you stand during the singing of the Hallelujah chorus? Just follow your heart.

–Tom McAlexander

Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 8, 2013; 2:45 PM

Upcoming Concert: Sunday December 8 2013; 2:45 PM

Please join us for our annual Christmas concert this Sunday December 8 2013 at the Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W Lanikaula St, Hilo, HI 96720.

Pre-concert music starts at 2:45. The chorus begins singing at 3:00.

THE CONCERT IS FREE, and there will be calabashes available for a free-will offering.

For more information about the concert, please read the post below.

Hilo Community Chorus concert slated for Dec. 8, 2013

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Hilo Community Chorus concert slated for Dec. 8

The Hilo Tribune Herald published a nice article about our upcoming concert ! Click the above link to go the Tribune Herald website. The photo is from a recent rehearsal and was taken by our conductor, Tom McAlexander. Tom also wrote the press release that was used for the story:

The Hilo Community Chorus will present “Appalachian Winter and Other Songs of the Season” in concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo.

“And, the concert begins before the concert begins,” said HCC music director Tom McAlexander. “Roland Maurer, a retired professional bassoonist/oboist from Switzerland now living in Kona, will be playing pre-concert music by Friedrich Zipp, Johann Ernst Galliard and Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied by Walter Greenwood on organ, beginning at 2:45 p.m.

“You won’t want to miss these outstanding musicians, so come early and enjoy.”

Maurer and Greenwood will also begin the second half of the program with Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe.”

The concert promises to be varied and entertaining. The music for the first half of the program consists of new carols or new arrangements of old, familiar carols, all composed or arranged in the 21st century.

There will be two medleys of familiar carols; a blending of “Jingle Bells” with music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” two new madrigals, an Irish “jig” carol and other carols, familiar and new.

The second half of the program features Joseph M. Martin’s “Appalachian Winter,” music that celebrates the legacy of early American carols and hymnody, including Sacred Harp tunes, Shaker hymns, and Appalachian melodies. A “bluegrass style” consort will accompany these songs.

The consort is composed of Walter Greenwood, piano; Susan McGovern, violin; Herb Mahelona, cello; Cheryl Shine, flute and recorder; Charlie Rosario, guitar; Steve Ryan, mandolin and banjo; and Chelsea Pacheco, percussion. The piece (and concert) ends with a rousing rendition of a blend of “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

The concert is free with calabash. For more information, call or email McAlexander at 985-7192 or tommac@hawaii.rr.com.