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Hilo Community Chorus rehearsals begin Jan. 14

The Hilo Community Chorus will present an all-American choral concert on Mother’s Day, May 12, at the Palace Theater in Hilo.

Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo rehearsal room next to the Performing Arts Center.

Music for the concert includes Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” a setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson; selections from Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” including “Simple Gifts” and “I Bought Me a Cat”; and a selection of mostly 21st century arrangements of spirituals, including medleys arranged by Linda Spevacek and Mark Hayes, and a Moses Hogan arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” There will be several opportunities for solos, ranging from a few measures to an entire song. All soloists will come from the chorus. Auditions for the soli will be held in April.

The Hilo Community Chorus is a non-auditioned community-based chorus directed by Tom McAlexander and accompanied by Walter Greenwood. Anyone who loves to sing choral music and is willing to devote two hours each week for rehearsals is welcome to join. For more information, call McAlexander on 985-7192 or email


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