The Bella Voce of Lincoln County performed the evenings of March 31 and April 1 at the Neldon C. Mathews Center in Panaca.
The theme was “Sounds of America.” The all-volunteer choir, made up of members throughout the county, has been rehearsing for approximately three months on a once-a-week basis. Those attending called the performances both fresh and inspiring.
Choir director Klark Black made it a point to honor all active and former military service personnel. He had the choir sing each military branch song as a tribute to them and had each branch member stand to be recognized for their service.
The pianists were Karen Culverwell and ShaRee Mathews.There were several vocal soloists and Jake Lester performed a solo on the trumpet. Vocal soloists included Dylan Frehner who sang “God Bless the USA.” “Let There Be Peace On Earth” was performed by Karina Katschke and Derek Mathews. One number was performed by Don Ficken, which he dedicated to his late wife, Chris Ficken, and his choice was a sweet rendition of “Once Upon a Dream.” Next was “Hold On To The Rock” performed by Nikki Carter and Lester. After a short intermission the Caliente ladies performed a spunky number called “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Well-utilized was the new piano, which was purchased with funds donated by an anonymous donor last year in the amount of $35,000. The Piano Gallery in St. George gave the choir an excellent deal on the piano.
A special thanks went out to Andy Robinson, Pete Peterson and the Lincoln County School District for their hard work and dedication working the lights and sound for the performances.