Chorale gets grant from Young Brothers

Members of the Kauai Chorale recently received a grant from the Young Brothers Community Advisory Board to help defray expenses associated with the winter concert series, according to a press release.

Wanda Shibata, chair of the Young Brothers Community Advisory Board, and Wendall Kam, Young Brothers Nawiliwili port manager, made the presentation to Lois Ricciardi, director of the chorale, who expressed appreciation for the support of Young Brothers officials.

The chorale’s main source of funding are Hawaii Tourism Authority grants, membership dues, and other fund-raising efforts of the singers.

Flourishing for over 40 years, the Kauai Chorale had its humble beginnings rehearsing in the home of organizer and first director Mel Gallagher, and has grown into a group varying between 85 and 100 singers.

There are no auditions required, only a commitment to attend weekly rehearsals on Monday nights.

Singers gather from as far away as Kekaha and Hanalei and everywhere in between to form a truly island-wide community group, sharing its joy of music with members of audiences numbering in the hundreds each December and May.

In return, chorale members have the opportunity to improve their musical and vocal skills through a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary.

Rehearsals of Broadway hits are ongoing, for the spring concerts set for May 20 and 21.

Highlighted will be music from “South Pacific” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” songs from “Chicago,” “Rent,” and “Wicked,” plus many others, including “Les Miserables” and “New York, New York,” and a medley from other shows.

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