10TH ANNUAL MESSIAH SING-ALONG, SUNDAY DECEMBER 18, 2016, 2 PM, CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

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 tommac@hawaii.rr.com .

Holiday Card to Hilo: Christmas Around the World! Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00pm, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

holidaycardtohiloHilo Community Chorus will be participating in the UH Hilo holiday concert on Sunday December 11, 2016 at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 342 W Kawili St, Hilo (click link to view location on Google Maps).

From the UH Hilo Performing Arts center website:  “Holiday traditions from around the world sparkle and shine in this concert celebrating the season. This annual holiday concert is a Hilo tradition, bringing families together each year to hear Christmas favorites, new songs of the season, and special guest artists. This year the concert travels the world to showcase seasonal traditions from near and far. Mele Kalikimaka!”

Featuring the UH Hilo Kapili Choir and University Chorus under the direction of Amy Horst,the Orchid Isle Orchestra under the direction of Cathy Young, the Hilo Community Chorus under the direction of Tom McAlexander, and VOICES, directed by Mark Sheffield. The singers will be supported by Walter Greenwood on piano, Armando Mendoza on trumpet, and Chelsea Pacheco on percussion.

Advanced Sales/At the Door General: $20/$25
Advanced Sales/At the Door Discount: $15/$20
Advanced Sales/At the Door Children 17 & under & UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC Students with valid ID: $7/$12

To purchase tickets to Holiday Card to Hilo: Christmas Around the World at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, click here .

Magnificat and Other Seasonal Songs

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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.

December 2016 Concert Schedule

Our main concert date is Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm, at First United Protestant Church, Hilo HI.

Hilo Community Chorus will also again participate in the Holiday Concert at the University of Hilo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 11, 2PM.

Our annual Messiah sing-along will be on Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo HI.

NEW THIS YEAR: we will be participating as well in the holiday show at the Palace Theater also on Sunday, December 18, more details to be announced.

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 main concert date is Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm, at First United Protestant Church, Hilo HI.

Hilo Community Chorus will also again participate in the Holiday Concert at the University of Hilo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 11, 2PM.

The annual Messiah sing-along will be on Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo HI.

NEW THIS YEAR: we will be participating as well in the holiday show at the Palace Theater also on Sunday, December 18, more details to be announced.

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.

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

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