Bringing ‘Christmas Wishes’ this season

This Christmas season, Kauai Chorale is offering everyone an opportunity to experience enough joy, hope and peace to take a little bit home with them and into their new year.

Performances of “Christmas Wishes” are set to take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 the Kauai Community College Performance Arts Center in Lihue and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the St. Regis Hotel ballroom in Princeville.

The chorale is directed by Lois Ricciardi and features accompanist Virginia Shepherd.

After they herald the season with a medley of Christmas favorites, Kauai Chorale will delight the audience with “The Reluctant Dragon,” an English entertainment with words by David Grant and music by John Rutter. Guest Kauai musicians joining the chorale include Jill Simonsen on keyboard, Dan Spriggs on percussion, and the Kauai Chorale string quartet.

“Dragon” is a fantasy adventure story starring a boy, a dragon, St. George and a narrator. What makes this year’s production so special is that the Kauai Chorale performed the same show ten years ago, and three of the performers are returning.

However, Beorn Chantara who played the little boy, is now playing St. George! Arnold Meister, who was St. George, is now the Narrator. Domi Ragsac is returning for an encore performance as the dragon, and the new “boy” on the block is Savannah Hubbard.

There will be some other humorous and touching numbers performed by the chorale, with special appearances by The Tongan Youth Choir and other soloists. The grand finale kicks off when the audience joins the choral in singing some Christmas carol favorites, and everyone has the opportunity to sit in a sea of melodious healing sound. Singers always knew music is healing, but it has now been proven by scientists.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for general admission. Student entry is $5.

Info: 822-5633 or 377-1882.

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