Art and Entertainment Editor
by Linna Jones
- Rayanne Gonzales talks with Junior Jason Bowen after the
performance. The National Federation of Music Clubs named
Gonzales the 2007 Young Artist Winner.
Soprano Rayanne Gonzales performed
in the Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
Gonzales received the honor of being the National Federation of Music Club
2007 Young Artist Winner.
“O del mio dolce ardor” from “Paride ed Elena” by Christoph
“Adendempfindung” and “Dans un bois solitaire” by
“Allerseelen," Op. 10, No. 8; “Leises Lied," Op.39, No. 1; and “Cäcilie,"
Op. 27 No. 2 by Richard Strauss
“Á Chloris,” “L’Énamourée”
and “Le printemps” By Reynaldo Hahn
“Vocalise-étude en forme de
Habernera” by Maurice Ravel
“Cantar del Alma” by Federico Mompou
“Tralalá y el punteado” by
“Seguildille” by Manuel de Falla
“ The Rose Family” by Elliot Carter
“The Daisies” by Samuel Barber
“I Never Saw a Moor” by Richard Pearson Thomas
“Sence You Went Away” by Leslie Adams
“I Stood on de Ribber ob Jerdon” and “Steal Away” arranged
by Harry T. Burleigh
“Ride On, King Jesus” arranged by Hall Johnson
“Bali Ha’i” from “South Pacific” by Richard
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
“I Love Him, I Think” from “Senor Discretion
Himself” by Frank Loesser
“My Man’s Gone Now” from “Porgy & Bess” by George Gershwin
bowed and greeted the audience with a smile after every song. She sings with
a big, accurate voice that she uses sensibly, but fearlessly. She sang in German,
French, Spanish, Italian and English.
she received a warm welcome when she arrived.
"Wonderful, very warm welcome; I have felt
like a very honored guest and I appreciate the warm reception the audience
gave us,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales started singing at
6 years of age during her cousin’s baptism. She sang her favorite song “You Light Up My Life”
by Debbie Boone and remembers being emotional after the event.
She grew up
singing in the church choir, sang in her high school concert and show choir
and majored in music when she stared college. She built her vocal technique
while in college. She attended Boston University as an undergraduate and
received her Artist Diploma at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass.
Ann Rye, professor emeritus of music from Henderson State University,
accompanied Gonzales on the piano. Rye said playing for Gonzales was a dream
come true. Gonzales picked gorgeous literature and knows what exactly she
wants to do. Rye plays organ, piano, harpsichord and other keyboard
Chair of the Division of Music Annette Hall said she enjoyed
hearing Gonzales sing.
“Its such an opportunity to hear a musician of this
caliber,” Hall said. “It was a wonderful performance.”