A musical night to remember in Superior
The Clark Fork Chronicle
Last Saturday evening, I was among those who filed into the Superior Baptist Church to hear a community concert. The newly organized Mineral County Performing Arts Council sponsored its first event. I expected to hear some great music from the three outstanding featured professionals in their respective fields. I didn’t hear or see it. What I DID experience was absolutely awesome!
Wednesday, August 15 2007 @ 06:05 PM MDT
Contributed by: markhebert42
by Nancy Garcia
Please note that I use the word “experience” for that is truly what it was. There was no printed program. It wasn’t needed. Peter Park did an outstanding job of introducing each performer, their background and their numbers. The evening began with a very familiar face taking the center stage…..Paula Fox. Paula, who taught music at Superior High School for 14 years, accompanied her two daughters, Lauren, 16 and Sarah, 18 and son, Ben, 20 as they opened the program singing several numbers. Needless to say, Grandma Caroline Phillips beamed with pride.
We first met and heard Soprano laura loge who sang several numbers from opera roles in which she has performed. Her lovely voice and range was astounding. There were times I thought the roof of the church might take to the sky! laura is a beautiful lady with an outstanding vocal range. She certainly brought the opera to Superior. Probably the most proud person in the audience was laura’s grandmother, Clara loge.
Former Superior resident, Peter Park, introduced Jodi Marshall as Northwest’s renowned jazz pianist and recipient of the Missoula Cultural Council Award. Jodi executed several ragtime pieces especially mentioning the fact that her mother and Caroline Phillip’s mother played ragtime. I’m sure the church walls had never experienced the jazz and ragtime sound executed by the nimble fingers of this most talented and experienced pianist.
The final, but certainly not the least, performer was Superior’s own Scott Billadeau. All the pieces Scott played were his own compositions. Before playing each piece, he told why or how he came to write each one. The “story” was then transformed into music. I can’t speak for others, but first hearing his story then hearing him play….created scenes in my mind. Most of his creations played that night captured this beautiful state of Montana. I particularly found his story about riding bareback in the park (across the street from the church), clinging for dear life to the horse’s mane, and in the end, the horse finally dumped Scott in the dust and dirt. The event simply came to life through Scott’s fingers as they ran across the keyboard in such fantastic and frantic motion. You saw and felt him hanging onto that mane and suddenly….he hit the dust! Oh, incidentally, the name of that piece is: “Bareback”.
I probably need not mention this ….but there was a standing ovation for each performer. Those who did not attend certainly missed a most enjoyable evening. The Performing Art Council is already planning for a second event. In my personal opinion, it was truly a FIRST for Superior and Mineral County. I know I speak for all those who attended by thanking the performers for sharing their time and outstanding talents with us. A very special thank you to the Council members who made this an evening to remember:
Kay Yost, Mary Jo Berry, Jim DeBree, Betty Magone, Denley loge, Monica Ray, Caroline Phillips, Carol Billadeau and Glenn Koepke.