Love in all of its forms

There’s a lot to be said about love in the world these days.

After all, it’s not difficult to find a song that deals with some type of love, said Kauai Voices artistic director Randy Leonard, who is preparing the 36-member ensemble for their its concert of 2015 in two weeks. 

“What’s interesting about love is that there’s many different aspects of it — there’s good love, bad love, new love, lost love, found love and happy love,” Leonard said. “All these aspects of love extend to us in our lives, in our hearts, and in our music, so it gives us a great theme to work with. It shows all those different angles on love, so that’s how I got started with the program.” 

To showcase love in all of its forms, Leonard said he is using it as the focus of the upcoming Kauai Voices concert on Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17. The biannual concert, called “Music of the Heart,” will begin on both days at 7:30 p.m. in St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue. 

Familiar tunes include those composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Irving Berlin, Fred Ebb, John Kander and Jonathan Larson; recorded by artists such as Rascal Flatts, The Nylons, the Eagles, The Beatles, and Jennifer Hudson; or sung in musicals like “Chicago,” “Rent,” “White Christmas,” and “The Pajama Game.” 

“What I always like to do is to have someone walk away with a feeling of being taken away for an evening — taken away from their typical lives and have something in the program touch them that is special to them and that’s why I really focus very hard on having a widely varied program,” Leonard said. “Everybody likes different styles of music and it’s nice to expose people to things that they haven’t experienced and the things that touch them in their hearts that they’re familiar with. I want them to sit back, laugh, cry and experience all kinds of different emotions.” 

The concert will also include instrumental accompaniments from Alan Van Zee on piano, Paul Koulbanis on guitar, Edd Cook on bass guitar, and Ron Margolis on percussion. 

Sandy Poehnelt, owner of The Right Slice in Puhi, will also be on hand to sell pie slices and refreshments during the concert’s intermission. 

Tickets, which are available from the Kauai Voices website or from individual singers, are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

For more information, call Liz Hahn at 482-0133.


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