It might be her last performance.
But singing the national anthem at the Cleburne Railroaders game made for a night of firsts.
It was the Railroaders’ first game, and Amy Beskow’s first time to sing the anthem at a major sporting event.
“I was a little bit nervous about [singing the anthem at the Railroaders game] because I had never sung at a baseball game before,” she said.
The performance was special, said Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain, who asked Beskow to sing at the opening game.
Cain had been neighbors with Beskow’s family since she was in high school and he knew her level of talent.
“She is an amazingly talented singer.”
Cain said he has watched her grow in talent through high school and college and into a career as a professional singer. So, when the Railroaders were planning the first game, for Cain there was only one person he could think of to do the song justice.
Formally trained in choral and opera, Beskow decided to draw on those talents to present the anthem. After the first run through, though, she had to shorten the length of the performance. In the end, however, it turned out great.
“It was a blast,” she said. “The Railroaders were so polite. They all came and shook my hand. They were really polite. I am so proud we have this in our town.”
Since then, she and her family have gone to at least five games and plan for more.
Singing the national anthem for the Railroaders’ first game wasn’t the first time, however, for Beskow to sing for a big audience. Before she and her husband, Joel, returned to Cleburne in 2012, she was living out a childhood dream as an opera singer with the Fort Worth Opera.
That’s not a typical career choice these days for someone wanting to go into the music biz, when most people right out of college and leaning toward a career in music are likely to go…