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Greg Shepherd directs the Kaua‘i Chamber Choir on Sunday during rehearsal for “A Classical Christmas.”
PUHI — Chamber Music Kaua‘i director Greg Shepherd said tickets for “A Classical Christmas” just went on sale, and more than half of the performance allocation is sold.
“We’re just doing a single show, Dec. 23,” Shepherd said. “We only have a few tickets remaining at $25 and available online through Venue Post (chambermusickauai.godaddysites.com, or https://www.venuepilot.co/events/63156/orders/new) on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is the ensemble’s first concert since before the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Seating is very limited for the concert that will take place at the St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Lihu‘e, and no overflow audience will be permitted. If any tickets are available, they will be available at the door for $35.
“We’re very excited about presenting the first live classical Christmas concert on the island since before the pandemic,” Shepherd said. “Kaua‘i’s audiences have long appreciated the type of music we specialize in, and we look forward to resuming our musical contribution to the island’s music scene after the past three years.”
Chamber Music Kaua‘i will present “A Classical Christmas,” an all-classical concert featuring a live orchestra, a chorus, and a lot of solos, including Monica Chung on the piano.
“Greg Shepherd has created a holiday tradition with Chamber Music Kauai, bringing together traditional and contemporary music that both lifts and soothes the spirits of all who attend,” said Monica Chung, the piano accompanist of Chamber Music Kaua‘i, who Shepherd describes as “a living treasure of the island.”
Chung added, “The diversity and wide age range of the performers and the audience always makes you feel like you are part of this event. I even remember that one year, the power went out in the middle of a performance, but we continued to play by phone light because the audience jumped up to literally light the way! It is a truly special gathering, and I look forward to sharing the experience with all.”
Others include Thomas Michael Allen, an operatic tenor, violinists Kaycee Milne, Kimberly Hope and Katherine Stennett.
Sopranos are Kim Sueoka, Cindy Labrador, and Elizabeth Kreiter; harpist Sylvia Woods, trumpeter Barry Toy, bass-baritone Gred Shepherd and storyteller Boon Koh, who will give dramatic readings of traditional Christmas stories.
Violinist and pianist Daniel Welch will present a preconcert lecture and demonstration on the featured pieces of the concert starting at 6:30 p.m.
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