Kauai Chorale’s spring concerts the weekend of May 14 will celebrate the eternity of music by performing songs that reflect the music of life in its many expressions.
Directing such a diverse group, Kauai Chorale director Lois Ricciardi finds true excitement in her role.
“What excites me about directing the Kauai Chorale is working with people from all walks of life — some professional singers, some learning to read for the first time — and teaching music that turns black notes on a printed page into an exciting and, or evocative music experience,” Ricciardi said. “When this result is achieved and I hear this artistic achievement, it touches my very soul. What a moment that is.”
The 78-member choir will commence with “Let there be Music!” by Linda Spevacek that has various rhythms, tones, melodies, and mixtures of voices. It will feature songs entitled “The Ground,” “The Ocean,” “I Believe in Springtime” with St. Theresa’s chorus, and the Hawaiian “Ka Wailele O Akaka” revering Akaka Falls on the Big Island.
The choir will also be singing the foot stomping gospel song “Joyful Joyful” from the movie “Sister Act,” and the immortal “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” first sung in 1939 by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” and then remade and re-popularized by Bruddah Iz.
The choir will be joined by Marty Leonard on percussion, Joan Yamaguchi on oboe, Jane Albrecht on cello, Taylor, Daniel and Katherine Welch on strings and Mike Odo on bass guitar.
The first of the two showns will be on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center and second is on Sunday, May 15, at 5 p.m. at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville.
“I would like the audience to be entertained by good arrangements of music that may be familiar to them, and to be enriched through music they never heard before. I want people to leave with their hearts uplifted,” Ricciardi added.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Info: www.kauaichorale.com or 822-5633