There were praises aplenty for the performers and conductors after Friday evening’s “A Classic Christmas Concert” in John Day.
Rebecca Bogardus of Dayville and Janine Goodwin of Prairie City directed a variety of Youth Arts Program groups with musicians ranging in age from 7 to adult, and the pair performed with some of the groups at the community event held at the United Methodist Church.
“The children blew me away,” said audience member Eva Harris.
“Christmas Time is Here” from the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was one of several songs presented by the junior choir.
“I’m so proud of all the groups,” Goodwin said. “They did better in performance than rehearsal, and that shows they knew their parts and were ready to perform.”
An intermediate choir, two guitar groups, a string ensemble and a show choir also performed.
Bogardus leads the YAP program, and the Juniper Arts Council, led by president Kris Beal, sponsored the event.
“It was incredible,” Bogardus said. “I think it was our best concert ever. The quality of music was better, and that’s the result of the program’s growth over time. There were a total of 20 in the groups, and there is room for a lot more.”