Linda Johnson was given a present Saturday night like nothing she had ever received before.
As part of a reunion concert at Hastings College’s French Memorial Chapel, alumni and current members of the South Central Nebraska Children’s Chorale sang “Look to This Day,” written by Barbara Sletto, who is director of the Heartland Youth Choir in Des Moines, Iowa.
The piece was commissioned especially for Saturday as a gift to Johnson, who directs the chorale.
Assistant Director Tom Michalek introduced the piece by saying members of the Chorale Board of Directors weren’t sure what to give Johnson. A plaque didn’t seem to go far enough.
After the combined alumni and current members, about 100 singers in all, finished “Look to This Day,” Johnson playfully chided her collaborators.
“I’m surrounded not only by a lot of great musicians, but conniving,” she told the audience.