OPPD singers took the stage when Omaha turned 100

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A gigantic birthday cake towered above the Power District quartets who “pleased the centennial crowd” that turned out to celebrate Omaha’s 100th birthday in July 1954.

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Director Hugh Wallace led the OPPD men’s quartet through a rehearsal for the centennial performance. Pictured from left are accompanist Lyle McBride, Laddie Janicek, John Kilgore, Harvey Kronholm and Laurence Earp.

OPPD’s men’s and women’s quartets combined their voices and sang as an octet after completing their respective performances at Omaha Public Power District Night at the Centennial Theme Center in Turner Park.

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Members of the women’s quartet go over music with director Clare Wilson as they tune up for their centennial appearance. From left, Bonnie Griffin, Mary Shanahan, Jeannette Veskerna and Lois Clouse.

Ford Bates served as master of ceremonies. Bates asked the large audience to join with the combined ensembles in the concluding number, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Included on the stage were the Boys Town choir, the 10-piece string ensemble of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and the OPPD quartets.

Paula Lukowski

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Paula Lukowski, The Wire managing editor, has more than 34 years of experience in corporate communications, 29 of them at OPPD.

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