Three choirs, flute and string ensembles and a youth guitar group took center stage Friday evening at the United Methodist Church in John Day.

A crowd of about 60 attended the “Music, Food of Love” concert, presented by the Grant County Youth Arts Program and Juniper Arts Council.

YAP Director Rebecca Bogardus welcomed the audience, and Janine Goodwin led a combined choir in Bogardus’ arrangement of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Getting to Know You.” After the children sang, they moved about, shaking hands and greeting audience members as Goodwin finished the song.

Other performances included violinists playing “Canon in D,” and an intermediate choir group singing “Camelot!”

The YAP community choir ended the evening with several songs about love and peace, directed by Bogardus, including “Love is an Open Door” from the movie “Frozen” and songs from the Supremes, as well as Mendelssohn’s “Lift Thine Eyes.”

The music ended on a hopeful note for springtime with Derek Lamson on guitar and Goodwin on violin accompanying the choir for George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

The audience, afterward, enjoyed David Seacord’s art exhibit held at the church.

Bogardus announced the Summer at the YAP day camp for youth arts June 26-30 in Dayville.

In the fall, she plans to start a community orchestra, for beginners to professionals, along with the continuation of the community choir.

“We will find a way to help you fulfill your musical dreams,” she said.

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