In their return to HPR’s Atherton Studio on January 20, the a capella Sounds of Aloha Chorus presents "Songs from the Great American Songbook." The show takes a look at the barbershop genre and its relationship to some of the most important and influential American popular music from the 1920s - 1950s, often created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and the Hollywood musical film industry.
Reservations for "Songs from the Great American Songbook" with Sounds of Aloha may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. Online service fees apply. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.
The quintessential four-part harmonies of barbershop are primarily associated with music from the turn of the 20th century up to about 1920; however, barbershop has evolved to include more popular songs, including songs being sung and recorded by contemporary artists.
In the January 20th program for the Atherton, Sounds of Aloha explores the songs referred to as "American standards" and the tumultuous times from which they sprang. These songs offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, boosted morale during both world wars, helped build social bridges, and accompanied unprecedented economic growth.
About Sounds of Aloha Chorus
For nearly 70 years, the Sounds of Aloha Chorus has been entertaining Hawaiʻi and Mainland audiences with its unique a cappella sound, off-beat humor, and heartfelt presentation. The chorus is the Aloha Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Under the direction of Mark Conching, Sounds of Aloha performs a diverse repertoire of barbershop standards, hapa haole favorites, Broadway and jazz numbers, holiday music, patriotic songs, and more.
The members of the chorus range in age from teenagers to octogenarians and also comprise a number of quartets and small ensembles, including Resonance, Funny Bones, 19th Avenue, Wong Fu, and Full Measure.