Greetings from the Kona Choral Society Artistic Director! I’m listening to a recording of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living as I ponder what I’d like to share with all of you, our Kona Choral Society audience. Why this work? Why did I choose this work for KCS? Last summer, as I have done for the last 30 […]
Since it’s composition in 2014, up-and-coming composer Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living has been performed all over the world. In preparation for our May 13th concert, here are the program notes for the mostly-traditional work. Overall, the work is a prayer for rest (“Requiem”) for the living, as much as for the deceased. It’s […]
Have you heard the latest? Chorus America, “the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers,” has come out with a study recently on How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses. Here are some of the key findings: 1. Choral singing continues to be the most popular form of participation in […]
This summer, KCS joined sister choir, the Windward Choral Society (WCS), under the name Nā Pu‘ukani, on a tour of Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. The name, Nā Pu‘ukani, means, “The sweet voiced singers and merry music makers,” which was gifted to the combined touring choir by Kumu Hula Ka‘anohi Aipa, who sings with WCS. Paul Lam, founder of Perform International, had […]
It was, it was, it was on May 17th as the Kona Choral Society, under the inspired baton of Maestra Susan McCreary Duprey burst forth in “Riversong.” “Sing and dance,” urged the chorus, “let your hearts be gay, let the sound of the river take you away.” The 25th Anniversary Concert was a celebration, of […]
“Wow’d Crowd Cheers Aloud” the headlines might have said after the March 28th performance by the Stanford Chamber Chorale. The concert, a joint presentation with the Kona Choral Society, brought the world-renown Stanford University’s most select choir of 24 voices to Hale Halawai. The enthusiastic audience heard four types of choral music: the early classical […]
The granddaughter of Kona Music Society’s Tenor, Stephen Cline, practicing the Gloria from the MISA CRIOLLA. She’s four and can read neither the words nor music, but as you can tell, she loves to sing! We look forward to having you sing in the adult chorus one day in the future, Charlotte!