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Singer celebrates Lincoln Highway, state history with performance at NHS
by Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2013 | 1579 views | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Cece Otto is a classically trained vocalist who has performed in venues all over the world. She set out to create a project that fused her passions for music, travel and writing into a unique creative work. “An American Songline” was born as a cross-country musical journey that takes her from New York to San Francisco along the Lincoln Highway, America’s first transcontinental road, to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Otto will present concerts of old-time music in all 14 states along the route, including a special performance at the Nevada Historical Society (NHS) from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. Another presentation is at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Churchill County Museum and Archives in Fallon.

“She includes songs specifically about the highway and invites local musicians to accompany her along the way, so every ‘American Songline’ performance is unique,” said Shery Hayes-Zorn, acting director of the Nevada Historical Society.

In 1913, the Lincoln Highway was inaugurated, linking Times Square in New York with San Francisco and giving Americans the first opportunity to drive from one end of the continental United States to the other. To celebrate the centennial, Otto is traveling the length of the Lincoln Highway in a “singing travelogue,” serenading communities along the way with songs popular during the highway’s heyday.

The Nevada Historical Society is located at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno, adjacent to the UNR campus. There is no admission charge for the event and free parking passes are available. For more information, visit the Society’s Facebook page, go to or call 688-1191.
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