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‘All roads lead to home’ for Basehor-Linwood graduate

June 12, 2013

Basehor-Linwood High School graduate and singer Joshua Powell will return to his home stage for a musical performance Friday.

“It’s the old saying, ‘All roads lead to home,’” Powell said.

After graduating in 2005, Powell attended Bethel College in Newton, and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts and music. While in college he had the opportunity to travel with the Bethel College Concert Choir, where he was a featured soloist, Powell said. The choir even won an Emmy for a song featured in a documentary.

“Holding an Emmy is not something many people get to do,” he said.

After graduating, Powell became the private vocal coach at The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, a branch of Bethel College. Although Powell said his passion is singing, he also has fostered a love for acting. That led to his role in creating the Young Actors Studio at the academy, which invites young actors to practice theirs skills with individual attention. The studio has been successful in its first year, Powell said, and he plans to continue to grow the program.

At his concert Friday, Powell plans to show the full gamut of what he’s learned in the last eight years, starting with his classical training and branching into more modern genres, which he’ll perform with guest performers.

The first half of the concert will feature classical music, such as Gaetano Donizetti’s “Ah, mes ami” and “Kuda, kuda vy udalilis” by Tchaikovsky. In the second half, members of the Bethel College Concert Choir will perform with Powell, as will the Basehor-Linwood High School Mixed Chorus.

Powell said he decided to come home to perform because he wants to stay connected with his hometown.

“It seems appropriate to share what I’ve done and what I’ve learned with the people that saw me first,” he said.

The performance is at 7 p.m. Friday in the BLHS auditorium. Free-will donations will be accepted to help with costs for the evening.

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