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SOA's Christmas "Gift of Song" is a Gift Well-Received!

An enthusiastic audience enjoyed a free concert of holiday favorites on the first Friday night of December 2018 (which this year fell on the seventh) in the beautiful and historic Kawaiaha'o Church! The performance of "A Gift of Song" by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus and its quartets was co-sponsored by the Kawaiaha'o Church Ministry of Music & Arts. We were grateful for this opportunity to share Christmas joy, harmony, and laughs with so many old friends and so many new ones, and it was exciting to do so right across the street from the Honolulu City Lights celebration. The church is a wonderful setting for music any time of year, but even more so when it is beautifully decorated for the holidays!

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Overflow Crowd Enjoys "A Night At the Movies!" with SOA!

The Sounds of Aloha's latest cabaret dinner show, on October 13, 2018, at St. Pius X Hall in Manoa, treated our patrons to a musical celebration of "A Night at the Movies!" The program featured some of the best songs from the golden age of film until the present day, including several exciting numbers that are new to our repertoire. Those in attendance had a grand time, and as you can see here, our guys really got into it too!

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Singing for Our Friends, and Making New Ones, in Makiki!

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus had a whole lot of fun performing for our friends at the Honolulu Church of Christ and their guests at their Friends and Family Day on September 16, 2018. The chorus and four of our quartets shared songs from the Great American Songbook, including several terrific new additions to our burgeoning repertoire!

We are so grateful for the church's hospitality in affording us an alternate rehearsal venue on many a Thursday evening this year when our normal site, the Palladium at the Ala Golf Course Clubhouse, was unavailable during repairs. It was great to see so many smiliing faces that afternoon as we expressed our thanks and shared our art form!

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SOA Shares Music With Our Friends at Church

The Sounds of Aloha were pleased to be invited to offer our ho'okupu mele, or gift of song, to our friends at the historic Kawaiaha'o Church at their Sunday worship service on July 28, 2018. The congregation was very gracious, the sanctuary is a delight to sing in, and we are so grateful to the church for generously providing our chorus a rehearsal space recently while repairs were being made to our normal meeting venue, the Ala Golf Course Clubhouse ballroom.

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Return of SOA Cabaret Dinner Pleases Ears and Palates!

A capacity crowd made short work of heaping helpings of chicken and vegetarian enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice, and salad this past weekend at SOA's 2018 Cabaret Dinner! Chef (and Musical Director) Mark Conching outdid himself again on both culinary and artistic fronts. Our Cinco de Mayo feed also featured a chorus and quartet concert showcasing songs from the Great American Songbook, roving tableside entertainment by quartets Funny Bones and Full Measure, and the kind of audience sing-alongs we want to see more of!

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Singing Valentines Spread Love and Harmony!

Sounds of Aloha quartets once again combed out across Oahu's workplaces, restaurants, hotels, and residences on February 13 and 14, 2018, sharing musical messages of love for Valentine's Day. This is one of SOA's most popular events, and we took a lot of satisfaction in how many repeat customers we had this year. What a nice romantic tradition! At the same time it was noticeable this year how much younger our customers and recipients are trending now, as well as how many groups we sang for, including offices, classes, neighbors, families, and hospital patients and retirement home residents. For you long-term planners, here's where to look for next year!

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SOA Quartets Showcase the Great American Songbook for Hawaii Public Radio

Quartets from the Sounds of Aloha Chorus returned to Hawaii Public Radio's (HPR) Atherton Studio on Saturday, January 20, 2018, to present "Songs from the Great American Songbook" to a sell-out audience. Parts of the performance will be broadcast later for the HPR program "Applause in a Small Room."

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