Free concerts celebrate KPAC anniversary

Kauai Community College is offering a series of free concerts starting tonight at 7 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Kauai Community Performing Arts Center.

The Kauai Community College Wind Symphony will take the stage under the baton of Michael Nakasone, retired Royal Hawaiian Band conductor. The symphony will be joined by the Kauai Youth Honor Band.

The band of 80 performers represent students from the Chiefess Kamakahelei and Waimea Canyon middle schools, and Kauai, Kapaa and Waimea high schools, said Sarah Tochiki, director of the CKMS band and the Kauai Community College.

“These Kauai Youth Honor Band students only got their music Friday,” Tochiki said. “Mr. Nakasone arrived here, Monday and that’s the only practice the students are getting.”

Saturday night at 7, the Kauai Community College Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Abe Lagrimas, Jr. will be joined by guest bands, the CKMS Jazz Band, and the Kauai High School Jazz Raiders.

Sunday afternoon, starting at 4, the Kauai Community College Symphony Orchestra will be on stage with its repertoire including, “Symphony No. 1 in C-major” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, “Rites of Tamburo” by Robert W. Smith and Before the Frost: An arrangement of “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Donations will be accepted.

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