Musical talent to perform in Pawnee City

September 26, 2018

The Pawnee County Arts Council will be hosting musical talent from the Bern, Kansas, area in a musical concert and variety show on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. The program will be at the United Methodist Church, 849 F St., Pawnee City, Nebraska.

The Bern Apostolic Christian Men’s A Cappella Choir has members ranging from high school to 84 years old. Their director is Michael Strahm from Sabetha, Kansas. The choir has been performing for two years at the Bern Fall Festival of Musical Concert and Variety Show, the Bern Alumna Banquet, the Bern Fourth of July celebration, various family reunions and at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

Guitar solos will be played by George Wykert in different genre of music. Originally from Troy, Kasnas, Wykert has played throughout the Midwest in a variety of music styles, most notably with the bands The John Harris Group (country, classic rock, folk), Broken and Synesthetic (hard rock) and The Edies (Country). He also plays for various churches in the St. Joseph, Missouri, area. Currently Wykert runs a recording studio in Bern, where he is currently working on various projects for others as well as himself.

Three young pianists will perform several pieces. Alaina and Alyssa Strahm are two of four siblings and are in eighth grade and 11th grade, respectively, attending Prairie Meadows Private School in Sabetha. They both have been performing in recitals at the Sabetha Middle School auditorium for the past seven years as well as the Sabetha Apostolic Christian Home and assisted living in Seneca. They both love playing the piano. Katrina Strahm is the oldest of seven children and is also in eighth grade with Alaina. She has performed at the Bern Fall Festival Musical Concert & Variety Show and in several recitals at the Home and middle school in Sabetha. Katrina helps with the family dairy farm and loves playing piano and fiddle tunes on her violin, as well as reading.

The next program sponsored by the Pawnee County Arts Council will be the TBCSQ Saxophone Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 11. Their members are all music educators teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hastings College, Mid Plains Community College in McCook, and Lakeview Community Schools in Columbus. They are performing artists traveling and teaching internationally. The quartet’s 2018-2019 tour season begins with concerts in Hastings and Lincoln with a Latin suite as well as pieces by such composers as DeBussy, Romero, Albenez, Florenzo, Interralde, Gioia and others.

Arts Council members may renew their memberships at the event or contact one of the Arts Council board members. Membership in the Arts Council provides funding to help bring a broad variety of artistic programs to our community. Members of the Pawnee County Arts Council Board of Directors are Billie Kay Bodie, Polly Clark, Yvonne Dalluge, Vic Faesser, Bruce Haughton, June Hess, Virginia Schlender and Laura Turnbull.

If you need auxiliary assistance, please contact Virginia Schlender 402-852-2037 by Thursday, Oct. 4. Free will donations are welcome.

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