Kaua‘i Voices Sings Music of the Heart

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Kaua‘i Voices Sings Music of the Heart

By Melissa Mojo

Love, love love! It’s all about love when Kaua‘i Voices, the island’s 40-voice auditioned choral ensemble, presents Music of the Heart Jan. 16 and 17 at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Lihu‘e at 7:30 pm.

“These concerts feature some great and memorable music about love — good love, bad love, old love, new love, love gained, love lost — all kinds of love,” said Randy Leonard, Kaua‘i Voices musical director.

Seated, from left: Karen Firl, Gregg Kiaha, Richard Etzel, Steve Backinoff, Morgan Liddell, Delia Valentin, Musical Director Randy Leonard, Wallace Castillo, Dottie Bekeart, Lolli Hagen, Erik Hagen. Second row from left: Jim Mayfield, Ken Curtis, Margi Padilla, Laralei Woodward, Shanda Rego, Billy Quebido, Fran Nestel, Gy Hall, Renee Lippmann, Michelle Blake, Donna Breuer, Gale Lee, Damian Nash, accompanist Alan van Zee, Peggy Lake. Top row, from left: Liz Hahn, Collin Dana, Nellie Foster, Dana Bekeart, Melissa Mojo, David Collison, Trishana Star, Cher Ellwood, Stacy Ramos, Lyle Bjork. Not shown: Deb Baumung, Bud Soria

Seated, from left: Karen Firl, Gregg Kiaha, Richard Etzel, Steve Backinoff, Morgan Liddell, Delia Valentin, Musical Director Randy Leonard, Wallace Castillo, Dottie Bekeart, Lolli Hagen, Erik Hagen. Second row from left: Jim Mayfield, Ken Curtis, Margi Padilla, Laralei Woodward, Shanda Rego, Billy Quebido, Fran Nestel, Gy Hall, Renee Lippmann, Michelle Blake, Donna Breuer, Gale Lee, Damian Nash, accompanist Alan van Zee, Peggy Lake. Top row, from left: Liz Hahn, Collin Dana, Nellie Foster, Dana Bekeart, Melissa Mojo, David Collison, Trishana Star, Cher Ellwood, Stacy Ramos, Lyle Bjork. Not shown: Deb Baumung, Bud Soria

The Music of the Heart concert, which marks Kaua‘i Voices eighth season, includes music of many styles and genres and highlights well-loved songs from the movies — Rent, West Side Story, Chicago, The Pajama Game — and by such beloved composers as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, The Eagles, The Beatles and James Taylor.

“And these are just the choral selections,” Leonard said. “Many of our singers will perform solos, duets and even quartets of love songs as well.”

The concerts will present favorite instrumentalists, who will join with the singers of Kaua‘i Voices for an authentic sound and experience, said Leonard, a choral director and soloist with more than 35 years of experience. With Alan Van Zee as accompanist, he has presented two concerts a year in the last four years.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit Kaua‘i Voices has performed regular concerts and provided musical outreach to schools, organizations and groups to advocate the benefits of choral singing.

Tickets are $12 in advance and$15 at the door, and are available from Kaua‘i Voice singers and at www.Kauaivoices.org. Call 482-0133 for more info.

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Léo Azambuja, editor of For Kaua‘i, has won multiple journalism awards in the state of Hawai‘i, including investigative and enterprise reporting, spot news and feature writing, photojournalism and online reporting.

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