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Seniors hit right notes at Frank House
Chelsea Archer
Antelope Staff
Photo from Internet
Music played at the Frank House on the campus of UNK Nov. 21 from a variety of students.

Music could be heard floating out of the Frank House doors Nov. 21 during the “Parlor Performance: Two in Tune” event featuring seniors Blake Thompson and Kassie Sabah.

Thompson, a baritone from Dalton majoring in K-12 music education, and Sabah, a soprano from Kearney majoring in music, sang a series of duets and solos among friends and family. Piano accompanists included Dr. Marilyn Musick and student Maiko Sugahara of Japan.

“Chamber music was popular in Victorian times,” said Kris Ann Sullivan, director of the Frank House. “The Frank House chambers are perfect for sharing music. They are sized for small, intimate groups and have coved ceilings (concave surface forming a junction between ceiling and wall) which are acoustically wonderful.”

Songs included “Ahh Sweet Mystery of Life/ I'm Falling in Love with Someone” from the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Anything You Can Do” from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun” and a German duet by Robert Schumann.

Thompson sang “More,” “Nebronchezpas,” “Rastlose Liebe,” “The Dodger” and “Long Time Go.” Thompson is the assistant director for the UNK Nebraskats, the assistant director of speech at Kearney High School, choreographer for Gibbon High School’s show choir, an assistant complex director for UNK Nester South residence hall and a member of UNK Choraleers.

After graduation this December, Thompson plans on student teaching at Grand Island Northwest High School.

“I’ve always enjoyed music,” Thompson said. “I took piano lessons starting when I was in second grade, and I loved to play school when I was little, and I just kept going with it. I really love teaching and helping others, and I love music.”

Sabah sang “Elijah” by Mendelssohn, “Summertime” by Gershwin and other songs by Pauline Viardot, Franz Joseph Haydn and Clara Schumann. Sabah is a member of UNK Choraleers, UNK Collegium and the Kearney Symphony Orchestra. She will perform in the upcoming opera, “Suor Angelica,” shortly after Christmas break.

Sabah plans on joining the Peace Corps after graduation.

“My mom is a music teacher and everyone in my family is musical in one way or another,” Sabah said. “Instead of teaching music, I am just majoring in it, and hopefully I will be doing music ministry or music therapy some day.”

Video by Chelsea Archer

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