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HPA handbell choir ringing in the holidays


The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Middle School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Georgia Polakova, will offer a series of free public performances to welcome the holiday season:

* Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., Parker School Tree Lighting

* Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m., Parker Ranch Tree Lighting at Puuopelu

* Saturday, Dec. 10, 9-10 a.m., Parker School Farmers Market

* Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-7 p.m., Kings’ Shops, Waikoloa

* Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m., Hale Hoola Hamakua, Honokaa

The handbell choir, offered as a middle school elective, has been part of the HPA Middle School experience for more than 25 years. The choir consists of 14-16 students who play for seven weeks, usually performing after only four weeks of rehearsal.

“What I like best about the handbell choir is the group dynamics that must happen to have a successful performing handbell choir,” Polakova said. “The members must be positive and supportive of their fellow handbell players. There must be unity among the group or the music just doesn’t come together. It’s quite exciting to see the students’ faces when they realize they can contribute to the group and bring forth beautiful music.”

For more information about the group’s holiday performances, call 881-4099.

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