From the opening performance by the AngelKeys Children’s Choir singing Trinidad and Tobago to the final performance by Naomi Lomavatu on piano playing Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy the Cariboo Festival’s Honours Performance Saturday evening was solid gold.
Gold in that all of the performers were each awarded gold standing (85 per cent or higher) by their respective adjudicators, and gold in that the evening showcased such a wide variety of lakecity talent.
Pianist Warran Penner had the audience spellbound as he played Prelude Opus 32/5 by Rachmaninoff.
The speech arts group enthralled the crowd with their animated presentations — Alexandro Mario Brinoni reciting Jabberwocky; Annalis Carter-Arias reciting Dying Maybe; Cadence Halfnights and Allison McKinnon reciting Cinderella; Emily Swan reciting Jonathan’s Farm; and Selina Farkas reciting Soccer Girl, a poem which she wrote herself.
There were two sets of intriguing guitar duos this year by Adam Sytsma and Lucas Nowotny playing Beagle Mania and Shannon and Syrus Mohammed playing Arkansas Traveller.
All in all the evening showcased the talents of more than 30 individuals, choirs, singers, musical theatre performers, pianists, and violinists, all of varying ages, and all excelling in their particular year of study.
During the intermission and at the end of the concert numerous awards and bursaries were presented and delegates recommended by the various festival adjudicators to attend the provincial festival in Penticton June 3 to 7 were announced.
Naomi Lomavatu was recommended as the Piano Intermediate Competitor.
Vocal participants will include Keziah Froese as the Junior B Musical Theatre Competitor and Mackenzie Howse as the intermediate competitor.
Speech Arts will have the largest group of local participants in the provincial festival: junior competitor, Joseph Brinoni; junior observer, Annalise Carter-Arias; intermediate competitor, Paul Noble; intermediate observer, Paige Brinoni; and senior competitor, Luke Noble.
Festival awards are as follows.
Band and Instrumental
Lion’s Club Instrumental: Amy Hanson.
Daybreak Trophy: Paul Noble.
McDonalds Restaurant Challenge Trophy: William Newberry.
Tuba John Encouragement Awards: Lucia Johnston, Lauryn Marklinger, Bethany Nairn, Camilla Pittman.
Rotary Best Band Award: Lakecity Secondary School Senior Band.
Guitar Seller Instrumental Award: Syrus and Shannon Muhammed and Adam Sytsma and Lucas Nowotny.
Speech Arts and Drama
Humorous Poetry Plaque: Alexandro Brinoni.
Most Creative Performance: Joseph Brinoni.
Best Overall in Elementary Drama: Annalise Carter-Arias.
Best Overall in Secondary Drama: Luke Noble.
Most Promising Student: Paul Noble.
Best Overall in Speech Arts: Luke Noble.
Vocal and Choral
Primary Concert Class: Chance Loos.
Junior B Scholarship: Tianna Goddard.
Musical Theatre Junior B Scholarship: Keziah Froese.
Musical Theatre Intermediate Scholarship: Mackenzie Howse.
Kiwanis High Point School Choir: Angelkeys Children’s Choir.
Kiwanis High Point Choir: Just for Fun.
Kiwanis Choral Directorship: Laura Eilers.
Acorn Encouragement Award: Mackenzie Howse and Anna Mitchell.
Primary Award: Erin Getson.
Primary Duet: Lucia Johnston and Elizabeth Van Immerzeel.
Junior Baroque: Elizabeth Heal.
Junior Classical: Lauryn Marklinger.
Junior Romantic: Marcus Kennedy.
Junior Contemporary: Rebekah Park.
Junior Canadian: Tiffany Hall.
Junior Solo: Markus Kennedy.
Junior Popular: Adrien Zimmerman.
Junior Modern: Kerri Rankin.
Junior Ballade/Blues: Jonathan Rova.
Junior Other Genres/Contemporary Idioms: Lauryn Marklinger.
Intermediate Romantic: Theresa Stirling.
Intermediate Impressionistic: Luke Noble.
Intermediate Solo: Olivia Harrison.
Intermediate Concerto: Theresa Stirling.
Intermediate Jazz: Luke Noble.
Intermediate Sacred: Luke Noble.
Senior Baroque: Naomi Lomavatu.
Senior Romantic: Warran Penner.
Senior Impressionistic: Naomi Lomavatu.
Senior Solo: Warran Penner.
Lions First Year of Study: Madeleine Heal.
Junior Piano: Sarah Park.
HJ Martin: Olivia Harrison.
Gail Carson Romantic Competition: Naomi Lomavatu.
EG Woodland Bursary: Naomi Lomavatu.
Sommer Ivory Keys: Luke Noble.
Cory Mapson: Elementary Poetry Award.
Daven Mapson: Junior Poetry Award.