Annual GEMS Recital Approaching

Oct. 27 recital showcases students’ talent

October 19, 2017

The annual recital known as “GEMS of Vocal Literature” will be held at Central Methodist University on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall in the Swinney Conservatory on the Fayette campus.

The recital is free and open to the public.

The recital is unusual in that it comprises a variety of students profiling myriad styles of vocal music. This year will include a dozen students in solos and duets as well as an ensemble finale. The performers are all vocal students of Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, professor of voice and opera, and Dr. Laura Wiebe, assistant professor of music.

The repertoire of the program includes “Le Violette” by Scarlatti, sung by soprano Cori Bryan, a sophomore music education major from Springfield; “Come again sweet love” by Dowland and “Frühlingsglaube” by Schubert, sung by tenor Keaton Denney, a sophomore music education major from Cole Camp;

“Sento nel core” by Donaudy and “There’s a Balm in Gilead,” a traditional spiritual, performed by soprano Abby Ruggles, a sophomore music education major from Fayette; “Psysché” by Paladilhe, sung by soprano McKenna Nelson, a senior music major from Macon;

“Sonntagsmorgen” by Mendelssohn, sung by Nelson and mezzo-soprano Emily Day, a senior music major from Wellsville; “Der Musikant” by Wolf and “Now sleeps the crimson pet” by Quilter, sung by baritone Malik Hughes, a junior music major from St. Joseph; “Mai” by Fauré and “Dream Valley” by Quilter, sung by mezzo-soprano Kay Wilken Naes, a senior music education major from Cole Camp;

“Il pleure dans mon Couer” by Debussy, sung by soprano Susan Bishop, a senior music education major from Fayette; “Black is the color of my true love’s hair” by Niles and sung by tenor Josh Stettes, a sophomore music education major from Pacific;

“I love all graceful things” by Thiman, sung by soprano Rachel Martin, a sophomore music education major from Richland; and an ensemble performance of “Bright is the Ring of Words” by Williams, “Arm ye brave” by Handel, and “At the River” by Copland.