Homeward Bound - Bonalyn Nelson Boyd in Concert
Homeward Bound concert features West Monroe native Bonalyn Nelson Boyd on Tuesday, September 9 at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens features renown soprano Bonalyn Nelson Boyd in a concert of classical and Broadway songs onTuesday, September 9 at 7:00 in the Fountain Room of the Historic Biedenharn Home located at the corner of Riverside and Speed Streets. Tickets for the concert are $15 per person.
The concert entitled "Homeward Bound" will include the music of Victor Herbert, Johann Strauss, Charles Gounod, Maury Yeston Craig Courtney and others. With selections from Opera to Broadway, Mrs. Boyd has designed a concert to entertain music lovers of all types.
Museum and Gardens Executive Director Ralph Calhoun says this concert is a perfect fit for the Biedenharn. "When Emy-Lou Biedenharn founded the museum in 1967 she wanted her home to be used 'to promote and encourage the performing arts of selective and highest classical nature in small gracious surroundings.' Bonalyn's repetorie rest fully within the type of music Emy-Lou wanted to be featured here." Calhoun also said, "Family was very important to Emy-Lou; I think she would be pleased with the idea of someone coming home to perform for family and friends."
Mrs. Boyd a native of West Monroe has made her mark on the musical world. Known for her soaring high notes and engaging style, Boyd, has become a sought-after soloist in north Florida and Georgia. She most recently performed a solo concert in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, the first parish in the United States, an honor for any vocalist. She is currently singing her 6th year as the sole vocalist for the Clay County Community Band, with whom she performs 8-10 concerts a year. Mrs. Boyd has also performed The National Anthem for the last 6 years for the Memorial Day Riverfest in Green Cove Springs, as well as performed various anthems for over 16,000 at the Northeast Florida Scottish Games on multiple occasions. Bonalyn is often invited to sing for conferences and private events throughout North Florida.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in my hometown,” states Bonalyn. “It has been a long time since the days of performing at First West, the Strauss Theatre and with the Twin City Ballet Company. My love for the arts began here, so I am very excited to have an opportunity to return to help keep the arts alive and to give back to those who encouraged me to follow my dreams.”
Tommy Usrey, President/CEO of the NELA Arts Council is excited to have Mrs. Boyd perform in Monroe, "There's nothing that I enjoy more than a 'coming home' concert by one of our local talents who's left and has made a name for themselves in the performance world. I've been a Facebook friend with Bonalyn for quite a while and have enjoyed her U-Tube performances, so I'm thrilled to be able to hear her in a concert setting like the Fountain Room. She's already promised that I could have front-row center seats! It's going to be a great evening for family and friends," said Usery.
Julian Jones will collaborate with Mrs. Boyd on the Biedenharn's 1929 Steinway Grand Piano. Jones serves as full-time Instructor of Voice and Staff Collaborative Pianist at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His most recent musical involvements have included ULM's 2014 production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, Louisiana Opera's productions of Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggiero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Strauss Theatre Center's fundraiser concert, VOICES, as well as their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Mr. Jones also performs as a vocal soloist, performing in The Midsummer Nights Concert Series (2014) hosted by the Choir and Choral Scholars of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX. In addition, Mr. Jones serves the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council as the Professional Musician Liaison to the Council.
Garden gates open for guests at 6:15 there will be a reception in the garden immediately following the concert. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Biedenharn Museum Store, 2000 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA or call 318-387-5281 to purchase over the phone.