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‘A Banquet of Voices’

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    Kauai Voices is performing three concerts this weekend as well as heading to Cuba next month for more performances.

LIHUE — This weekend’s concert by Kauai Voices, said Liz Hahn, promises “a huge dose of aloha in diversity.”

“It’s going to be wonderful,” she said. “Singing is one of the most uplifting things a person can do.”

The popular voice choral ensemble will present “A Banquet of Voices” on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, at 3 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue.

“With a program of many different musical styles, our 14th season showcases the exceptional diversity and capabilities of Kauai Voices,” said Kauai Voices Artistic Director Randy Leonard. “A banquet is the perfect metaphor for our dynamic program, which will highlight the rich variety, outstanding ability and impressive talent of Kauai Voices. We deliver it all in one inspired package.”

The concert performances will feature the musical genres of pop, Latin, Cuban, Broadway, Jazz, movies, gospel, Hawaiian, American musical, world peace, classic, African, patriotic, sound choir, speaking choir and rock.

“In every season the singers have developed a higher level of skill, ability, and knowledge,” noted Leonard, adding, “This season highlights the delicious ‘banquet’ of music for both our singers and audiences to indulge in.”

Tickets are $15 each in advance and $20 at the door. Premiere seating is also available at $25 each, providing early entrance and prime seating choices. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.kauaivoices.org

Kauai Voices is taking its show on the road, as well. It will serve as ambassadors of aloha during a weeklong performance tour in Havana, Cuba, from Feb. 5 through Feb. 14.

About 20 Kauai Voices singers, plus three musicians, will perform in venues in and around Havana — joining with two choral groups for combined performances.

Leonard said in this politically divisive times, they wanted to “reach out and use the music and aloha of Hawaii to help promote the positive side of the United States.”

“Music is a universal language, experience, and power in human life,” he said. “It opens doors and hearts.”

Hahn said the trip to Cuba could be life-changing.

A trip years ago to India gave her insight as to how people love and cooperate.

“Anytime somebody says, ‘Let’s go sing some place,’ I’m all for it,” she said. “You take aloha with you but you bring more aloha back.”

Pam Varma, another Kauai Voices member, likes the caliber of the group’s music.

“Everybody’s got an equal commitment to work as hard as necessary to put on the kind of show we put on,” she said.

Varma believes the Cuba trip will give them a chance to be ambassadors of Kauai.

“I love to sing and I love to sing with this group,” she said. “It is really a blessing and an opportunity.”

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