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SOA's First Holiday Cabaret Dinner Proves a Hit!

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus has had a very successful run over the years of sold-old cabaret dinners, where our audiences have been as enthusiastic about the quality of the food as the quality of the entertainment! Our latest cabaret broke new ground as the first we have held during the holiday season: a "Friendsgiving" evening on December 2, 2023 at St. Pius X Church in Mānoa. And based on the feedback we got, we maintained our successful streak!

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SOA Continues Memorial Day Tradition

One of the favorite performances the Sounds of Aloha is the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Pūowaina. For years, we have been proud and privileged to share our music with veterans, their families, military leaders and personnel, and local and foreign dignitaries as we gather to remember those who gave their lives serving our country. After a pandemic interruption, the event recommenced last year, and we were happy to be back again this year.

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SOA Shares Evening of Humorous Music with HPU Choir!

What a fun evening the Sounds of Aloha had as guest performers in the Hawaii Pacific University International Vocal Ensemble's spring concert on March 31, 2023! Dubbed "Laugh Tracks," the whole concert featured humorous songs. Our chorus and quartets drew on the comic repertoire for which barbershop groups are known, and the HPU choir showcased a variety of humorous music of different styles, including an absolutely delightful and beautiful original choral composition by director Dr. Alec Schumacher using as lyrics some funny things his very young daughter has said. The evening concluded with a joint performance of "The Best of All Possible Worlds" from the musical "Candide," with a solo by our new Musical Director, Bryce Irvine.

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Highlights of 2023 Annual Singing Valentines Fun!

Song and romance were in the Oahu air again for 2023's round of Sounds of Aloha Hawaii Singing Valentines! This is always such fun for our singers as well as our recipients and customers. Plenty of laughter, smiles, tears, cheers, and blushing, as usual. This year, quartets were available from February 11 through 14 to deliver two love songs, a rose, and a card with the sender’s message to his or her sweetheart. As always, the experience was as affordable as it was memorable!

One very special delivery was to Gloria Drayton, whose husband, SOA member Hank Drayton, led our Singing Valentines program for many years -- always with a big assist from Gloria. It was about time she received one herself!

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SOA Offers Gift of Free Christmas Concert

During the last two holiday seasons before the pandemic, SOA offered "A Gift of Song" free performances in collaboration with the Kawaiaha'o Church. These concerts were so warmly received that we expressed the hope this might become an ongoing tradition. Fate had other things in store in 2020 and 2021, but we were overjoyed on December 11, 2022, to have this opportunity again -- in the month that marked the 75th anniversary of our chorus!

In addition to the chorus, we were pleased to showcase five of our quartets: Funny Bones, H4, 21 North, VHF, and 19th Avenue:

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Sounds of Aloha Octet Sings for Veterans Day Ceremony Aboard USS Missouri

An octet from the Sounds of Aloha Chorus performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Hawai'i Pono'i" at a special Veterans Day sunset ceremony onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, an event that concluded Veterans Day observances across the nation. The ceremony featured a special tribute to “Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Medal of Honor, and Legacy of an American Hero and Statesman, Daniel K.

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SOA's Dinner Cabaret Returns -- with Love Songs!

The first Sounds of Aloha dinner cabaret since before the pandemic reminded everyone why we all loved this event! Another full house of diners, listeners, and sing-along-ers gathered on Saturday, August 26, at St. Pius X Parish in Mānoa Valley for a super fun evening. The excellent spaghetti dinner prepared by SOA Musical Director and Head Chef Mark Conching and his musical sous chefs was followed by a performance of love songs by the chorus and quartets. In such an informal setting, a standing ovation means a lot!

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SOA Returns to First Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony in Three Years

For quite a few years the Sounds of Aloha proudly provided music for the annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Pūowaina (Punchbowl). The COVID pandemic interrupted that tradition for the past two years, and we resorted to a virtual tribute. But we were pleased this year that the event was back on!

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Rhinestone Rides Again! (And So Does SOA's Annual Show!)

After two years of lock-down, on May 7, 2022 the Sounds of Aloha Chorus brought back its Annual Show! This year's production was an original musical melodrama, a western comedy called "Rhinestone Rides Again!" The audience was invited to dress in western garb themselves and, like in any good melodrama, cheer for the chivalrous hero Rhinestone and his horse Bruce, boo and hiss for the dastardly villain Black Bart, and sigh for the plucky heroine Sweet Sue. Joined by guest performers Miguel Cadoy, Stephanie Conching, Sophie LeFebvre, Peggy Wagner, and Plaid-itude, a women's barbershop quartet formed just for the occasion, the chorus guys and quartets H4, Funny Bones, and VHF spun a yarn full of great songs and laughs.