One of the Sounds of Aloha's favorite events of the whole year is when we get to listen to, and sing for, other choirs at the Community Choral Festival held by our friends in the Honolulu Chorale. The 2019 festival on April 28 was no exception, and once again, the individual groups and the event as whole were better than ever! The diversity of music that every group selected to share in its own set was especially impressive.
We were excited to debut some great new songs we've learned recently and just love. It's so gratifying to sing challenging material for a whole hall full of good singers and other music lovers. (No pressure!) We work hard to do our best for this event, and we were grateful for the appreciation the gracious audience showed and shared with us individually afterwards.
And what a lot of talent was on display that day from all of our fellow singers! Our hosts, a noticeably larger Honolulu Chorale, kicked things off with flair, newly under the direction of a brother barbershopper, Scott Fikse:
They were followed by our fellow male ensemble, the small but mighty Gay Men's Chorus of Honolulu -- only seven voices this time around but confident and strong!:
Then we heard from the always clap-your-hands lively powerhouse Windward Choral Society, who started their set off by getting all of us to help imitate an African thundershower!:
And new to this year's festival but oh! making their mark and leaving all of us agape were the truly stunning voices of Nā Wai Chamber Choir:
To conclude our time together, all the choirs joined together with the rest of the audience in singing "Hawaii Aloha." Mahalo as always to the Honolulu Chorale and all of the participants for showcasing the strength of our local choral community!