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Songs of the season sure to inspire

If you’re not quite in the Christmas spirit, you’ll have your chance this weekend.

“We have some music that will elevate and inspire people,” said Wes Cronk, president of Kauai Chorale. “They will leave happy and refreshed.”

The oldest community choral music organization, celebrating 51 years of concerts on the island, will perform two shows this weekend — 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center, and 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. Regis Princeville Resort. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

They will be singing a selection of favorite Christmas arrangements, along with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wachet Auf!” (Sleepers Awake) and a 20th century piece by Randall Stroope, “Hodie” (This day). The chorale will be joined by a youth chorus, as well. 

“We are proud that this chorus is still singing with gusto,” wrote Lois Ricciardi, director.

The concert is a celebration of the season, from classical to pop. Cronk promises people will be pleased and uplifted by the variety of Christmas songs on tap.

“It will be quite a performance,” he said.

The chorale includes about 80 people and a wide range of ages from keiki to kupuna. During the 90-minute concerts, they will sing about 15 songs, with several solo performances. The chorale has long been rehearsing for their Christmas concerts and is ready to shine, he said. 

Ricciardi always brings out the very best of the chorale and this year will be no exception. In years past, the concerts have attracted hundreds of guests, who leave singing and with smiles.

While there are many great events during the holidays, Cronk believes the Kauai Chorale’s holiday concert is something very special.

“It’s always a good treat for people,” he said.

For those inspired by the show and interested in joining the chorale, all are welcome. Spring concerts are May 16-17, and their first rehearsal is already set for Jan. 26 at Island School.

To members who have been part of the 51-year history of the Kauai Chorale, it’s been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to share their love of song.

“If you love to sing, if you love music, this place is for you,” Cronk said.

Advance tickets are available at: Princeville, Lappert’s Ice Cream in the Princeville Shopping Center; Kilauea, North Shore Pharmacy;  Kapaa, Kauai Music and Sound and Pono Market; Lihue, Pictures Plus in the Kukui Grove Shopping Center and Scotty’s Music; Poipu, Lappert’s Ice Cream in Kukuiula Shopping Center; Kalaheo, Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company, Hanapepe, Talk Story Bookstore; Waimea, Wrangler’s Steakhouse.

Info: 822-5633 or 337-1882

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