Hawai­ian troupe tour choral is­lands

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More than 1000 peo­ple wit­nessed a high-en­ergy per­for­mance at Te Rau­paraha Arena last week from the Brigham Young Univer­si­tyHawaii Con­cert Choir.

Led by di­rec­tor Michael Bel­nap, 45 stu­dents pre­sented vi­brant ren­di­tions of mu­sic from around the world, to the theme Mu­sic of the Is­lands.

Ir­ish, French, Amer­i­can and Lat­vian folk songs rubbed shoul­ders with Swahili, Hawai­ian, Tahi­tian, Maori and Samoan mu­sic.

Hymns and tra­di­tional clas­sic mu­sic were also part of their lively show.

United States ambassador to New Zealand David Hueb­ner, who at­tended the show and hosted the choir at the US Em­bassy, said he thor­oughly en­joyed the con­cert.

‘‘The choir’s broad range of tra­di­tional songs from the North and South Pa­cific were a par­tic­u­lar plea­sure.’’

He said such a tour could only strengthen the US-New Zealand re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘[They] deepen the peo­ple-topeo­ple con­nec­tions that are – and al­ways have been – the foun­da­tion of the warm, strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries.’’

Porirua deputy mayor Liz Kelly said this con­cert was an­other ex­am­ple of the city punch­ing above its weight in cul­tural ex­change and global links.

‘‘What a bril­liant night, the pro- nun­ci­a­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail across the items was out­stand­ing and demon­strates how much th­ese stu­dents un­der­stand and value the Poly­ne­sian cul­tural di­ver­sity.’’

The Rook­ies, an award-win­ning bar­ber­shop quar­tet from Aotea Col­lege, also sang at both con­certs to the de­light of many of the lo­cal Porirua youth who at­tended the evening con­cert.

Photo Ola Thorsen, US Em­bassy.

Mag­i­cal night: Porirua deputy mayor Liz Kelly and US ambassador to New Zealand David Hueb­ner were among the in­vited guests who en­joyed a night of high-qual­ity choral singing.

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