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Choir satisfies appetite for music

This season’s Kani Le’a choral concert promises to be a lavish one.

Think Thanksgiving-dinner-type lavish.

It is, after all, titled “A Singable Feast.” Choir director Brett Sherman said he can’t give it all away, but he said it definitely will be entertaining.

“We’re presenting it as a menu,” Sherman said.

“It’s food for the soul. We’re even doing little continental side dishes of American food,” he said. “We’ve got waiters and everything.” But don’t be confused. This is still a choral concert. The songs will be presented as items on the menu, and the waiters are the ushers.

“It just came out of the music we chose,” Sherman said.

“We’re featuring a large piece called ‘The Feast’ in the middle. We’re just having a lot of fun with it.” Veteran choral group member Mary Paterson said she always has a lot of fun being a part of Kani Le’a, but really likes this set of music in particular.

“It’s going to be a different kind of show for people, but it will be fun,” Paterson said. “This time, we’ve chosen an eclectic bunch of music.

“We do slightly odd pieces. We sing in all different languages,” she added.

Being served at “A Singable Feast” will be courses by Brahms, Stephen Foster and The Beatles. The chorus members will perform a country-style gospel song that Elvis once performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” “We’ve got a real neat group,” Paterson said. “The energy is so wonderful.” Sherman said the group Kani Le’a has slowly evolved into what it is today. This is their first time doing a full concert at the Lihue United Church parish hall, and their first time performing at the Princeville Resort (hotel) ballroom.

The Lihu’e show is today at 7 p.m., and the Princeville show is Sunday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $ 10 per person at each venue. There is no charge for schoolaged children.

“We’re in our third season, and we’re able to present this concert because of Bill Heil from UPS,” Sherman said.

Last fall, the group members performed a concert as a fund-raiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The next concert after this, Sherman said, will be a recital. A revue of songs from “Phantom of the Opera” will be presented this summer.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase for this weekend’s concerts at the Kapaia Stitchery in Lihu’e, and the Magic Dragon in Princeville.

For more information, call 826-1453.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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