Gershwin takes center stage at arts festival

The soprano voice of May-Jane Lee echoed through Thespian Hall during the opening performance of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts Thursday night. Lee was accompanied by pianist Adam Nielsen.
The duo of Lee and Nielsen entertained the audience with music by Sergei Rachmaninov, Giacomo Puccini, Francis Poulenc and Beim Schlafengehn by Richard Strauss, which featured a violin solo performance by David Halen.
After intermission, violinist Helen Kimm and pianist Mia Hynes entertained with some preludes. Lee and Nielsen, once again came on stage to perform music by George Gershwin. These pieces included, 'I've Got a Crush on You,' 'Embraceable You,' and 'They Can't Take That Away From Me.'
The performance lasted almost 45 minutes with a standing ovation at the end was received by the performers.
Friday's performance will feature music by Stefan Freund, Moritz Moszkowski, Sofia Gubaiduline and Antonin Dvorak. Saturday's performance will feature music by Ludwig Van Beethoven and Mozart to name a few.
Friends of Historic Boonville President Doug Abele said Thursday's performance was very good. Abele has attended all performances since the festival was created 38 years ago.
Abele said the festival is possible because of community volunteers and supporters, whom have made the festival recognized throughout the state. He added one of the high points of the festival is the fact artist come to Boonville and stay with community members.
"This gives the citizens of Boonville to get to know the artist on a personal level," Abele said.
Artist typically stay in Boonville for three days.
Abele is looking forward to the Friday and Saturday night performances