Garden Island Singers sing for flood victims

Several seasons ago, long before the floods of March occurred, Bruce Fehring was a happy fellow singing with the Kaua‘i Community College Garden Island Singers.

In the March 14 flood, Fehring lost a daughter, grandson, and several close friends.

When all the bad news came about, Greg Shepherd, director of the singing group, wanted to do something about it.

He brought the idea of doing a benefit concert for Fehring and other flood victims to the group, and hoped that they’d all want to do it.

“We thought about that, and they all agreed that this was something they’d like to do,” Shepherd said. “(In rehearsing the music) they reached a new level of importance. It all came together in a real inspirational way.”

Shepherd put together a program of folk music (which he said Fehring and his family really enjoyed) and classical, a performance by a children’s choir, and other special guests.

Selections for the performance includes the traditional song “Fare You Well Mary Ann,” a traditional African Georgian piece, “Shen khar venakhi,” Mozart’s “Credo” from “Coronation Mass,” and a flute solo from Loren Kayfetz.

Shepherd said that he and the singers have performed numerous concerts, season after season, but since these concerts are being put on with a purpose, the singers are even more uplifted.

“It’s as if these songs brought a sort of spiritual aspect. It’s a different plane, almost,” he said.

There will be two concerts this weekend. The first one will be tomorrow at the KCC Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., and the second is Sunday at 5 p.m.

Local producer Dr. Rob Zelkovsky will also be there to film the show to air on Ho‘ike Kaua‘i Community Television.

For more information, call the KCC PAC office at 245-8270.

Want to Go?

What: Garden Island Singers

Where: Kaua‘i Community College PAC

When: Tomorrow 7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.

Admission: Adults $10; students $5; under 12 free

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

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