Churches herald
the season with music

Oahu churches find many ways to share the spirit of the season. Four free concerts this weekend are just the beginning of events planned to celebrate the Christmas story.

>> Na Hoku-winning keyboard artist Lance Kamaka is one of several entertainers who will provide "Sounds of Joy" in a 7 p.m. concert today at Calvary-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church, 5339 Kalanianaole Highway. Others include the Chris Cerna Trio, vocalists Rosanna Perch and Denby Dung, pianist Keiko Kajiwara and flautist Sarah McClimon. Admission is free but donations will benefit church programs.

>> Tomorrow, the audience will join in the 2 p.m. "Messiah Sing-In" at Christ Church Uniting Disciples and Presbyterians, 1300 Kailua Road, Kailua. Wayne Wilson will direct an orchestra of church musicians and the ad hoc choir in the Christmas portion of Handel's famous oratorio sponsored by Windward Coalition of Churches. Volunteer vocalists may join the rehearsal 2-4 p.m. today and are asked to bring their own music.

>> Two bell choirs of Harris United Methodist Church will ring in the Christmas season in a 5 p.m. concert tomorrow at the church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. Joyce Lilyquist will direct the HUMRingers and the Spirit Rangers in performing Christmas carols. The concert and refreshments are free and open to the public.

>> "Advent Lessons and Carols" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew's Cathedral. Arlan Sunnarborg will direct the cathedral choir singing works by composers Palestrina, Handel, Ord, McKie, Anderson and Manz.

Various choirs will hold nightly performances this year at Honolulu Hale as part of Honolulu City Lights.

There will be a 6 p.m. concert every night, tomorrow through Dec. 25, at the Honolulu Hale courtyard as part of the Honolulu City Lights exhibition, which opens this afternoon. Church choirs and musicians will be featured on several evenings.

Next Saturday, the Hawaii Kai Community Church will present "A Walk Through Bethlehem," 5-9 p.m. at Koko Head Elementary School cafetorium. The display will feature 50 Nativity scenes, from collector treasures in crystal and ceramic to simple handicrafts such as a manger scene in a tuna can. An 8-foot-square scene of Bethlehem village is the centerpiece. Entertainment for children will include storytellers and an easy Christmas craft project.

Future events include the following:

>> Dec. 15: A 7 p.m. "Christmas Around the World" concert at Unity Church, 3608 Diamond Head Circle, will feature vocalists Cathy Foy, Loretta Ables-Sayers, Anita Hall, Guy Merola and Aaron Sala, with trumpeter Greg Wills and pianist Alethea Train. Voluntary offerings will be accepted.

>> Dec. 17: Island musician Glenn Medeiros will direct the performance by St. Joseph School students in "Christmas, Island Style." The program, at 6 p.m. at Leeward Community College Tuthill Courtyard, will also feature an appearance by "American Idol" performer Jordan Segundo. Students in each grade at the Waipahu school wrote original lyrics for their song, and the effort will be available on CDs. Tickets are $5 for everyone over 5 years old. Call 677-4475 for information.

>> Dec. 17: Another chance to sing along with Handel's "Messiah" will be provided at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Queen Emma Square. The audience will be the chorus, and scores may be borrowed at the door. John Alexander will conduct, with Arlan Sunnarborg as organ accompanist and soprano Jeanne DeCosta, alto Carol Turley, tenor Philip Turley and bass Wayne DeMello as soloists.

>> Dec. 19: The Iolani School chorus and Hokuloa Singers will perform John McCreary's "Missa Puer Natus" in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in St. Andrew's Cathedral.

>> Dec. 20 and 21: More than 220 choristers will sing in the annual Christmas concert offered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honolulu Hawaii Stake. The free concerts are at 7 p.m. at the Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Craig Young directs the 100-voice adult Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra of singers from eight wards. The 70-voice Youth Choir is directed by Judi Ushio, and the 50-voice Children's Choir is led by Beth Uale.

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