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12th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Sunday, December 16, 2 PM, First United Protestant Church

During the dedication concert for a new organ at the Church of the Holy Cross in 2007, a germ of an idea occurred to Tom McAlexander that the Church would be a great place for a Messiah sing-along. At intermission he shared that idea with then Palace Theater organist Bob Alder, whose only remark was, “Yes. Make it happen.” So after making arrangements through Pastor Tom Olcott, the first annual Messiah sing-along took place in their sanctuary. The sing-along remained at Holy Cross until after Pastor Olcott retired, then in 2014 it was moved to Christ Lutheran Church. By request of Pastor Ron Kent of First United Protestant Church, this year it will be presented there as the concluding event of their 150th anniversary year celebrations.

Singer or not, everyone is invited to this sing-along. Audience members who wish to sing may bring their own score, or a copy may be borrowed at the door. Members of the Hilo Community Chorus will be strategically placed in the pews to act as section leaders (look for the soprano/alto/tenor/bass signs on the pews). Of course you may sit and sing wherever you wish or just enjoy the singing. The sing-along will also feature the most famous of all choruses, “Hallelujah,” and end with “Worthy Is the Lamb” and the final “Amen.” The event is free (with calabash), and everyone is welcome.

Conductor is Tom McAlexander and accompanists are Walter Greenwood, organ and Rick Mazurowski, piano. Soloists are Andrea Pelletier, soprano; Lisa Katherine Taylor, alto; Barry Brandes, bass; and Ian McMillan, tenor.

This event is co-sponsored by First United Protestant Church and the Hilo Community Chorus. The Church is located at 1350 Waianuenue Ave. (above the Hospital and Kaiser),  There will be two open rehearsals, one at the UH-Hilo rehearsal room on Monday, December 10, at 6:30 PM and the other at the Church on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. Anyone who cares to join in for a refresher course before the sing-along is welcome. For more information, call Tom McAlexander, 985-7192, or email tommac@hawaii.rr.com.

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“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.

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.