Waimea Chorus gearing up for next performance

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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Waimea Community Chorus brings the music of the 1960s back to life in its 17th Annual Spring Concert, “Sensational 60′s on Broadway”.

“Sensational 60′s on Broadway” will be presented Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday June 12 at 3 p.m, at Kahilu Theatre. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for children ten and under. Discounted advanced-sale tickets are available from the chorus members, and also in Waimea at Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries. Tickets in Kailua-Kona are available from Suite Possibilities.

The 65 voice chorus, directed by Barbara Kopra, will present its selections in the intriguing format of a fictional weekly talk show, “Broadway Byline,” hosted by two prominent musical pundits and commentators, played tongue in cheek by Andy Kunellis and B. Lee Drew. Using their very real vast knowledge of the Broadway stage, as well as mountains of trivia dug up by the indefatigable Kopra, Kunellis and Drew will touch on the numerous famous shows, songs and personalities of the 60s as a vehicle to introduce the various numbers in the show.

Some of the prominent musical compositions to be featured in the show include: “The Impossible Dream,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Don’t Rain on my Parade,” “Try to Remember,” “Feeling Good,” Medley from “Oliver!,” “Gonna Build a Mountain,” “Rhythm of Life,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and title songs: “Cabaret,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Hair,” and many others.

Waimea Community Chorus, founded in 1994, has performed two major concerts annually for the past 17 years, along with a variety of mini-concerts and appearances for fundraising, promotions, and community events. Director Barbara Kopra holds degrees in music and voice and serves as performing arts instructor for HPA Middle School, in addition to a daunting schedule of participation in numerous civic, cultural and community functions. Characterized by a dedication to excellence, fun and nurturing the talent of its members, the chorus remains open to all interested community members, and boasts choristers from as far afield as Puna and South Kona.

Further information is available at the group’s Facebook page, on the web at www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org, or by calling the producer at 938-3062.

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