WHAT: All Is Merry and Bright

WHO: Island School Alaka’i Chorus, Island School ‘Opio Chorus, Island School Keiki Chorus, Island School Singers

WHERE: Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Adults $10.00

Students (grades 4-12) $5.00

Children (grade 3 and under) FREE

Island School’s four choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, take center stage at the Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 10 to present their seventh annual holiday concert. Under the direction of Island School choral director Philip Steinbacher, “All Is Merry and Bright” showcases over 120 students from grades 4 through 12.

“I’m always excited about our concerts,” said Steinbacher, “but this one is especially upbeat and exciting. The holiday music featured represents a range of repertoire from beloved classics to newlydiscovered gems. It’s always challenging to find new ways to present old favorites, but I think we’ve really achieved that in this concert. Each of the different singing ensembles has a “showstopper” number, which I believe will really make for a rousing evening. Expect fun, humor, surprises, and good music. It promises to be a delightful evening of song that will put everyone in the holiday spirit.”

One featured composition in “All Is Merry and Bright” is a piece entitled Ocho Kandelikas, sung in Ladino, or Judaeo-Spanish. “It’s a remarkable, lively find, and is sure to electrify the audience. Students in the Island School Chorus have been preparing since August for this performance, with some pretty compelling, unusual, and challenging repertoire. There are various objectives to consider when selecting songs for concerts, but it’s primarily important that students don’t just learn songs – they learn about music. I really think we’ve accomplished that.”

“All Is Merry and Bright” is accompanied by Rose Alfiler. Tickets are available at the Island School office beginning Monday December 1, and at the KCC box office December 10 if space permits.

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