• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Senior Salute, art show closes out year for PHS

Pleasanton High School senior Xandria Coffey performs one of the two solos she had prepared for the Senior Salute concert. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

Vocalists, instrumentals and works of art were the order of the evening at Pleasanton High School on Thursday, May 10, during the combined Senior Salute and art show.

With some help from underclassmen, the seniors provided musical entertainment in the gym, while art works by seniors and other students were on display in the cafeteria.

Under the direction of music teacher James Beltz, the band began the evening with a rousing mashup of “Tequila” and “Land of 1,000 Dances.”

Senior flutist Lillieth Richard then performed “Notturno,” a piece she performed at state solo competition. She received top honor for the performance at state, and her performance at Senior Salute confirmed her artistry.

From there the program went into a vocal program featuring several seniors, and none of the performers seemed shy at all about performing.

Senior Xandra Coffey began the vocal part of the program, singing “I Have Confidence” from The Sound of Music, and “Audition” from La La Land. A veteran of high school performances her voice was strong and engaging.

Seniors Amber Nash and Richard combined for a duet of Queen’s hit “Under Pressure,” again with voices that seemed right for the classic rock hit.

With Beltz accompanying on the guitar, Brianna Maze sang “Birthday Cake” by Dylan Conrique, followed by Daylen Wiliams singing “Bright,” as performed by Julie and the Phantoms.

Nash took the stage for a second time to sing the more introspective “Slipping Through My Fingers,” a song popularized in the musical Mama Mia! Again with a strong voice, she demonstrated the vocal range she has.

Senior Nathen Williamson demonstrated his vocal chops by closing out the solo program singing “Proud.”

The evening closed out with the choir performing “I Was Here,” and then combining with the band to perform “Found/Tonight” a mashup of a song from Hamilton and another song from Dear Evan Hansen. Both groups performed the classic “Unforgettable” to close out the performance.

Senior Belle Waters is one of school's artists who had work on display.

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