Choral Society To Perform Two Concerts On Saturday


This Saturday, we Rim Country residents are in for another musical treat. On Saturday, the Payson Choral Society, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, will present its spring concert, “It’s All About Love.”

Tickets are only $8 for adults and for the first time, all students 18 and under will be admitted free.

John Landino, Choral Society president, told me that this year the society has again awarded scholarships to three high school students (Sara DeWitt, Kit Buskirk and Trey Wayland) and two middle school students (John Buskirk and Katie Jones). During each of the two Saturday performances, each award-winning student will sing his winning solo. In addition, this year’s Lorraine Walker Memorial Scholarship inaugural winner, Jesse Snively, will perform his winning piano solo.

“It’s All About Love” promises to be a performance that will be enjoyed by the whole family, with such numbers as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “What a Wonderful World” and one of my all-time favorite love songs, “Sincerely” — which topped the Billboard charts for 10 consecutive weeks.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the recording artists who sang the 1958 hit, “Sincerely?”

This vocal sister trio got its first break on Kate Smith’s radio show before winning an Arthur Godfrey “Talent Scout’s” contest. In 1953, the group replaced The Chordettes on the Arthur Godfrey and His Friends show. Between 1954 and 1964, these sisters produced 34 charted hits, five of which peaked in the top 5.

The trio’s other No. 1 song was its lively 1958 hit, “Sugartime.”

Is this female vocal group: A) The Lennon Sisters, B) The McGuire Sisters, C) The Fontane Sisters, or D) Jennifer Baltz & The Paysonettes?

If you are caller number three this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $20 gift certificate from Carol, owner of the Payson Candle Factory, good toward one of her exquisite hand-carved candles. If you haven’t been in her shop in Swiss Village lately, you simply must stop in and see all of her new creations.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the recording artist who sang the country hits, “What’s Money,” “She Thinks I Still Care” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today”? Is this country artist A) Johnny Cash, B) Eddy Arnold, C) George Jones or D) Fred Carpenter?

The correct answer was C) George Jones. Both Johnny Cash and Eddy Arnold would have been good choices, too, as both were highly successful country artists in the 1950s and ’60s. Fred Carpenter is Payson’s recently retired town manager.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Carole White, who is a regular caller.

Carole was born and raised in Minnesota. She told me that while she was attending a nursing convention in Cleveland in the late 1950s, she met George, a strapping young man in uniform, who was in the process of discharge from his active duty with the Army. George went back to civilian life in Kansas City and Carole returned to Minnesota. The couple immediately began a long distance love affair — and not long thereafter, Carole moved to Kansas City. The two lovebirds will soon celebrate 47 years of marital bliss.

In 1967, Carole and George relocated to California, and in 1995, moved to Payson. Carole told me they moved from California to get away from the traffic, the crime and the taxes in California.

After a long career in the nursing field, Carole is now retired and enjoys doing crafts, embroidering, reading and working crossword puzzles. She volunteers at the American Legion and the Literacy Program. In the past, she has donated her talents to CASA and Telecom Pioneers. Carole likes to listen to both classic country and opera, with George Jones, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn at the top of her favorite artist list.

Lastly, I’m so excited that our town hall recently “discovered” $1.1 million in revenue — money that somehow had gone unnoticed for several years. Rumor has it that, with this additional revenue, the summer concerts at Green Valley Park are going to be spectacular! Recent word at Kelly’s Sweet Revenge Saloon, in beautiful downtown Star Valley, is that this summer’s first outdoor concert will include George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, who will all open for Junction 87. Holy Cow — I can hardly wait!

See you at the Payson Choral Society spring concert this Saturday. And Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

You can contact DJ Craig by calling 468-1482, or visit his Web site at


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