Operatic vocalist Wayne Nelson, and organist Victoria Harris will be giving a concert of art song at the Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road in Payson, Sunday April 20 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Wayne Nelson graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he received a master's degree in applied voice. He managed a living in New York City for many years singing, including opera, at the Radio City Music Hall, for Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, Martha Raye, Don Cossaks, Temple Emanuel and many others.
He later taught for 23 years at Minot State University in North Dakota. Nelson and his wife, Lori, who is a country and western singer, moved to Payson in 2004 where they found a host of music lovers, and the pure air that is great for the voice.
Victoria Harris received her doctorate in organ performance from the University of Iowa.
She subsequently taught for many years at a number of colleges and universities, as well as performing as a concert pianist and organist throughout Russia, Europe and the United States. In the fall of 2004, Victoria and Neil Harris moved to Payson, where Victoria now serves as adjunct faculty at Gila Community College, director of music at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, organist-pianist atCommunity Presbyterian Church, pianist for the Payson Choral Society, and director of Harris Music Studio in Payson.
The performance will feature songs by Franz Schubert. It will also include Verdi's "La Donna e mobile" and songs in English that Nelson has an affinity with, and ending with Irish Songs, including "Danny Boy."