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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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!
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."
The Sounds of Aloha Chorus capped off its 2017 performance season with a return to an audience with whom we've had a whole lot of fun annually for years now: the members of the Oahu Country Club at their Candlelight Christmas Dinner, hosted by our friend and past collaborator, the always entertaining Shari Lynn. This engagement has become a tradition for us as well as for them, and we're grateful for this opportunity to share music, joy, and laughter with these families.
The Sounds of Aloha Chorus is known for putting on original comedies for its annual and Christmas shows, and we love making people laugh. But this Christmas we tried something a little different: just a whole lot of good singing, featuring the chorus, quartets, audience participation, and some special guests!
The Sounds of Aloha Chorus returned to the Hawaii Theatre on October 7, 2017, with its latest original musical comedy, Monsters in Our Neighborhood! Written by bass member/in-house playwright Scot Izuka and musical director Mark Conching, the production told the story of how a scientist, called simply the Doktor, tries to create his own monstrous bass for the upcoming village quartet contest. His scheme goes terribly awry when his assistant Igor makes a mistake in the recipe that results in *gasp!* a tenor! The rejected monster wanders the woods befriending other sppoky creatures, while the Bürgermeister, his cronies, and the townsfolk rise up to the confront the perceived menace.
This year the Sounds of Aloha served up Sundaes on a Saturday with their popular annual ice cream party, held this year at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Wide-eyed kids and other patrons were treated not only to all-you-can-eat Dave's Ice Cream, but also to great singing, at first up close and personal and later on stage, by five quartets and the full chorus.
One of SOA's two sister choruses, Na Leo Lani, helped introduce more women to barbershop harmony in a special Summer Music Program Showcase that culminated in a free concert this past Sunday, July 23, 2017. Guest singers were invited to learn three songs with the chorus over a six-week period and perform together in the concert. Coaching was provided by two international quartet champion singers, Sean Devine of OC Times and Tim Waurick of Vocal Spectrum.