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The community gathered in the Hevelone Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday evening as the Beatrice Regional Orchestra held the first concert of its 11th season titled Culture.

“Tonight and the whole season is about diversity and unity,” conductor Kevin Boesiger said. “We have lots of different ways of looking at things, but we can be unified in the music and enjoying the music and coming to live performances.”

The orchestra was founded in 2009 by Connie Moon, and is made up of musicians from greater Southeast Nebraska.

Pieces ranged from an Italian aria to Korean and African folk songs, and instead of wearing their traditional concert attire, Boesiger said the orchestra wore clothes from countries they’ve visited.

A couple of the songs featured singing from Stephanie Pollock, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and her Master of music in opera at the University of Texas in Austin.

The orchestra has three more concerts this season: a Holidays concert on December 10, an Eras concert March 10 and a Genres concert May 19. All concerts are at 7p.m. in the Hevelone.

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