‘Historic’ concert tonight at KCC

LIHUE — The Kauai Community College Wind Symphony will team up with the Honolulu Wind Ensemble at 7 tonight for a concert ranging from musical theater to Sousa marches to classical.

This will be the Oahu group’s first performance on Kauai, as well as the first time the two ensembles have played together.

“We are very excited to perform with them because their ensemble is made up of musicians from all walks of life, just as our ensemble is,” said Sarah Tochiki, KCC instrumental program director. “Each group will play individually and then will perform together, with almost 100 musicians on stage. We’re hoping for a large turnout for this historic concert.”

Directed by Keith Higaki, the Honolulu Wind Ensemble is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who enjoy performing instrumental music for Oahu audiences. Founded in 1973, its concerts feature a variety of entertaining and challenging band music, from pop to classical.

Kauai Community College enjoys the distinction of being the only campus in the UH Community College system with a full instrumental music program, one that includes a Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra.

Founded by the late Larry McIntosh, the ensembles are in their 29th year, and perform a varied repertoire at the end of every semester. Musicians are able to enroll in the ensembles either for credit, or can participate in a non-credit capacity through the KCC Office of Continuing Education.

The concert will be at the KCC Performing Arts Center.Admission is free with donations accepted.


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