Last evening the AF Sharps hosted Sing Choirs of Angels at the Stephens Performing Arts Center, Jensen Hall. The two-hour performance provided an opportunity for local residents to experience the incredible musical and performance talent that resides in Southeast Idaho.
The show saw many families in attendance, with young children throughout the audience.
The evening opened with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad welcoming everyone and introducing emcee Michael Farnes. Throughout the evening, Farnes kept the audience engaged with his unique blend of humor and interesting facts about the performers.
The AF Sharps, which began as a Sweet Adeline’s chorus in the 1980’s, and now boasts a mixed chorus of 58 members, started the show. Led by Dan Bowman and accompanied by his son, David Bowman, they performed several pieces, including Messiah, Rise Up Shepherd, and Wasn’t That a Mighty Day. The vocal performances were outstanding.
Next, the Willow Wind Trio, with Linda Rankin on flute, Karen Bechtel on cello, and Joyce Weaver on harp performed several pieces, all arranged by Joyce Weaver, ranging from Away in a Manger to Deck the Halls and Angels We Have Heard on High.
Soprano Jordan Bowman followed the Willow Wind Trio performing pieces from Mozart. Her incredible voice resonated throughout Jensen Hall.
For the second half of the evening’s performance, Jordan Bowman sang and David Bowman accompanied her on the piano as the Angel Dancers, of the Kimi Taylor Ballet Academy, performed twice, the second time with the young dancers in beautifully Christmas-themed costumes.
Before the evening ended with the AF Sharps second appearance, the audience was treated to the powerful vocals of Pocatello’s Konni Kendell, and an outstanding piano Christmas medley performed by David Bowman.
Following the show, refreshments were available for those attending, ranging from pizza for the kids to desserts and a variety of appetizers.
Having lived and enjoyed performances in New York City and San Francisco, I have to admit that I was not expecting to see such incredible talent when I made the move to Idaho. After attending Sing Choirs of Angels, though, it has become clear to me that you don’t have to reside in a large city to experience exceptional musical and performance talent.
Southeast Idaho, and Pocatello in particular, can be justifiably proud of the phenomenal level of talent that we have access to. And, unlike shows in big cities, performances here are accessible to everyone, thanks to generous donations from supporters such as Bingham Memorial Hospital and Idaho Central Credit Union, both of whom are Patron Angel sponsors of this program.
The AF Sharps and the other performers presenting last night are a must for anyone who loves good music. I’m already looking forward to what they have in store for us next year.
John Crowder is the publisher of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer.