On Sunday, May 13, 2012, the Museum of South Texas History welcomes Vocalist Avigai Gonzalez, accompanied by Pianist Jesus Morales, as they perform a range of songs celebrating Mother’s Day starting at 2 p.m.   The performance, dedicated to mothers in the Rio Grande Valley, will be enhanced by the lively acoustics of the museum’s grand lobby and a baby grand piano provided by Valley Keyboards.  This special performance includes material ranging from Italian classics to traditional Spanish songs by composer Manuel Ponce.
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Gonzalez’s passion for music developed at an early age.  By the time she was nine years old, Gonzalez was singing Spanish music and knew that she wanted to make music her future.  Gonzalez is currently completing a Master’s degree in music theory and certification in vocal performance at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  Her vocal skills demonstrate her proficiency in a variety of musical genres.  Gonzalez explains, “I perform with an all female mariachi group and have also participated in the South Texas Lyric Opera.  Once I complete my education, I hope to continue a career offering classical music instruction to young people in the Rio Grande Valley.”  Visitors are invited to enjoy this special performance, shop for unique Mother’s Day gifts in the Museum Store, and enjoy light refreshments served in the museum’s Grand Lobby.

Avigai Gonzalez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education, with an emphasis in voice, under the direction of UT-PA Professor Ruth Crews.  As a lyric soprano, Gonzalez has performed art songs such as “Io Son L’Umile Ancella” (Cilea,1866-1950), “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Puccini,1858-1924), “Kennst du das Land” (Schubert, 1797-1828) and participated in the South Texas Lyric Opera under the direction of Dr. Mazias de Oliveira.  In addition, Gonzalez was awarded ‘Best Poster’ presented at the College Music Society 27th Regional Conference at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, with a harmonic structure and texture analysis of “Ill Pleure Dans Mon Coeur” (Debussy, 1862-1918).

A Mother’s Day Classical Performance is included in the fee for regular museum admission.  FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or click here.  The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.

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