‘Be Our Guest’

HANAPEPE — As Hanapepe United Church of Christ continues to celebrate its 125-year anniversary, Nancy Sato can’t wait for the Kauai Voices to join in their festivities as they perform at the church hall for “The Magic of Music.”

“We are looking forward to it because we are fans of the group,” said Sato, moderator and board member. “We’re bringing the music closer to the people.”

KV will perform Saturday.

Having decided late last year that she would like to organize a series of concerts, HUCC “music deacon” Ann Bjork spoke with the director of Kauai Voices, asking if he would be interested in doing a concert on Kauai’s westside and he agreed.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Bjork said. “We’ve got a nice dinner planned and Kauai Voices is quite excited about coming.”

As guests listen to the choir members performance, they may recognize familiar tunes as the songs will be from Disney movies.

“One of the movies they’re featuring is Snow White,” Sato said. “I’ve been to one of their performances and they are outstanding.”

Some of the other songs the ensemble will sing include “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King, “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins and “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.

“We’re hoping that by bringing more musical groups to the Westside it will help the Westsiders go to concerts more easily,” Sato said. “It’s more of a convenience to have more concerts on the Westside so people don’t have to drive.”

In addition to the performance by KV, there will be dinner featuring teriyaki beef, grilled tofu, nishime, namasu, somen salad and lilikoi cake for dessert. Dinner is at 5:30, following by the concert.

This will also be the first time KV will perform on Kauai’s Westside and as guests listened to KVs songs, Sato hopes they will also find “the magic of music.”

“I hope they will enjoy it and I hope they will become a follower of Kauai Voices and other choral groups on the island to support our local musicians,” Sato said.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased from a church member or at brownpapertickets.com.


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