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UH Hilo spring concert to honor island musicians

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Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Kapili Choir and University Chorus team up with the Filipino Student Chorus and the new ensemble Voices to perform island classics and choral favorites in We Sing the Spring: A Gathering of Choruses. Showtime is Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The concert is conducted by Amy Horst and accompanied by Walter Greenwood on piano and features selections from island musicians Michael Springer and Rodney Wong, whose signature compositions include Hawai’i Island Suite and a playful arrangement of Sweet Someone.

“We were profoundly inspired by their works, which led us to reach into the treasure trove of island music and beyond to music from around the world and throughout history,” Horst said. “This concert also includes our students performing chant and hula.”

The Kapili Choir is an audition-only group whose repertoire features challenging choral music with a high level of artistry. The 50-voice University Chorus, a non-audition group, is comprised of singers from around the world, and currently includes speakers of 16 different languages. The choruses will perform together and separately in their own featured segments.

The newly-formed Filipino Student Chorus is led by student Lark Jason Canico with support from Assistant Professor Rodney Jubilado. Voices, a new ensemble founded by UH Hilo Voice Instructor Mark Alan Sheffield, will be making its PAC debut.

Additionally, Performing Arts major Karla Ahn and fellow students will present a selection of island favorites as Ahn’s Senior Project.

Admission is $7.00 general and $5.00 students. For more information and to order
tickets, call 932-7490 or go online at

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