Kauai Chorale’s Christmas concerts this weekend

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    Morris Wise directs a specialty section of the Kauai Chorale during its rehearsals.

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    Kauai Chorale director Morris Wise.

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    Morris Wise directs the Kauai Chorale during its rehearsal at the Island School cafeteria.

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    The Kauai Chorale will be on stage starting Thursday with its ‘Christmas in the English Chapel’ featuring Katherine Cosier organist and the Kauai Chorale Chamber Singers. The full chorale takes the stage for ‘A Great English Christmas,’ Saturday and Sunday.

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    Morris Wise directs the Kauai Chorale during a rehearsal leading to its appearance and performance at the opening of the Festival of Lights.

The Kauai Chorale Chamber Singers is performing “Christmas in the English Chapel” tonight at Lihue United Church. It will also feature Oahu’s Katherine Crosier, who has been an organist for 50 years.

The concert is set for 6 p.m. Tickets are $22.

The Kauai Chorale will have its annual Christmas concerts, “A Great English Christmas,” at Kauai Community College’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Kauai Chorale invites the public to a “spectacular concert event featuring traditional British carols and favorite holiday anthems.”

It will feature works ranging from “simple and engaging a capella carols to audacious, knock-your-socks-off favorites, all written by British composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries and by one beloved honorary British subject, George F. Handel,” according to the Chorale’s website.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students.

S. Morris Wise has been living on Kauai since 2009 and has been Kauai Chorale’s artistic director since 2018.

“Our performances on December 14 and 15 will be beautiful and mystical,” Wise said, “Music created to give voice to poetry.”

The chorale is looking for singers who know how to sing Hawaiian songs for a spring performance in New York. Rehearsals begin Jan. 6 at Island School.

“We do not hold any audition and would love to have serious singers join us, “ Wise said.

Tickets: kauaichorale.com

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