Keys To The Heart, a Valentine showcase of local pianist talent, was a resounding success on Saturday, February 22nd in the Old Beale Courthouse. Organized by the Tappahannock Rotary Club, president Norman Wood, coordinated by Michael Faulkner of the Tappahannock Free Clinic, and emceed by opera singer Emerson Hughes, the show included twelve pianists in three sessions separated by a flight of Ingleside wine tastings and many culinary delights. "It was an exciting and fun-filled evening of quality music for both the performers and the audience that enriched artistic values in the community," reflected Emerson Hughes. Funds raised from the event were equally given to the Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic, Essex County Museum, The Haven Shelter and Operation Inasmuch.
From left to right, Roger Sethman – "Austrian Sketches", Austin Wachsmuth – "Grand Chorus", Tamai Hiyanea – "Claire de Lune", Doug Harris – "Finlandia Opus 26", Rena Shipp – "Someone to Watch Over Me", Kathy Hughes – piano accompanist for Bekah Hughes Davis, Cora Armstrong – "Medley of His Love", Emerson Hughes – Master of Ceremonies for the evening's performances, Dr. Lewis Wilkins – "Sleepy Shores", Bekah Hughes Davis – "Broadway Medley", Kathy Paulette – "My Tribute", not shown: William Young – "You are the Sunshine of My Life" and Wesley Pippenger – "Laura".A sold out full house of 150 guests in the Old Beale Courthouse listens in rapt admiration to the performance of "Claire de Lune" by St. Margaret's senior student Tamai Hiyanea from Chiba, Japan.