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Chun to join with guest tenor for Nov. 6 recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Soyoun Chun, soprano, assistant professor of music at Bethel College, will give a recital with guest artist Joseph Perniciaro, tenor, director of opera at Fort Hays State University.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music, will be the pianist.

The performance is Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program is diverse, including music in six different languages and ranging in time period from late Renaissance to 20th-century music theater.

“We tried to provide an interesting mix of genres and styles, as well as languages, so that it will be not only fun to listen to but also educational for our students,” said Chun.

The recital will open with a duet from the opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, a tenor aria from Magnificat by Bach and a soprano aria from I Capuletti ed i Montecchi by Bellini.

Additional repertoire includes German Lieder by Mozart and Schubert; Italian pieces by Donaudy; Poulenc’s French chansons; Mihaud’s six Chansons de Theatre; Rachmaninoff’s Russian songs; and a duet from Candide by Bernstein.

“It is a great program with many different aspects such as language, period or genre, style and ensemble,” said Chun.

Chun and Perniciaro have been planning on a joint recital since last year, but could not schedule a date until this fall. Chun performed and taught a masterclass with Perniciaro Oct. 16 at Fort Hays State University.

Because Chun gave a recital last May at Bethel, she has prepared a whole new repertoire for this recital in only two months, she said.

Chun has taught at Bethel since 2006. She earned a D.M.A. with honors at the University of Kansas and has her Master’s of Music from the New England Conservatory and her B.A. from Seoul National University. She has also participated in master classes at the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

She has performed in a variety of settings, from opera to solo recitals, with orchestras and in chamber music settings. Past appearances have included the Piu & Piu Opera in Seoul, the Wichita Grand Opera, a series at the French Cultural Institute in Seoul, a tour of Guatemala and the renowned Cantata Singers Recital Series in Boston. Since coming to Bethel, Chun has appeared regularly as a soloist with the college’s Masterworks series, in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Vespers and Verdi’s Requiem.

Joseph Perniciaro is assistant professor of voice and director of opera at Fort Hays State University, where he has taught since 2005. He has sung with opera companies across the United States, including Wichita Grand Opera, Kansas Concert Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera Southwest, Chautauqua Opera, Shreveport Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, in more than 30 roles from Monteverdi to Corigliano. Perniciaro has been heard on Louisiana Public Radio and High Plains Public Radio’s “Monday with the Maestro.” Recent concert appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Vespers and Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. In February 2008, Perniciaro was selected by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the NATS Foundation as a Young Leaders Award winner.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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