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WCA ‘American Songscapes’ is June 1 and 2

<p>The Waimea Community Chorus practices for a performance. (PHOTO FROM WCC FOR NHN)</p>

The Waimea Community Chorus practices for a performance. (PHOTO FROM WCC FOR NHN)

<p>Barbara Kopra (PHOTO FROM WCC FOR NHN)</p>


The 60-voice upcountry Waimea Community Chorus will present its 19th Annual Spring Concert on June 1 and 2, at the Kahilu Theatre in central Waimea town.

The concert, entitled “American Songscapes,” will feature songs in a multitude of styles, which celebrate named places in America, from New York in the East to Hawaii in the West and from the Northern Plains to the Deep South.

Directed by Barbara Kopra, the group presents two large concert weekends every year, typically a holiday concert in December, and the spring concert, which centers on a different theme every year.

The concert will feature well known songs such as “Sidewalks of New York,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” traditional ballads like “Shenandoah” and “My Old Kentucky Home” and less familiar pieces like “Arkansas Traveler,” “Montana Cowgirl” and “Erie Canal.”Others like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “El Paso,” and a short Hawaiian collection will give the show both sparkling moments and a pleasing overall balance.

The show will feature accompaniment by pianists Everett Knowles and Julia Taylor, as well as by a mini-orchestra that has become the signature of WCC’s Kahilu concerts. The concerts will take place on Saturday June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. The chorus has made a concerted effort to hold the ticket price for one more season, despite increasing production costs. Accordingly tickets will remain at $15 for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, military and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to the shows, from the cast members or from ticket outlets Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries in Waimea, and Suite Possibilities in Kailua-Kona.

Further information is available on the group’s website , via Facebook, or by calling WCC at 885-5818.