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Chun vocal recital to include guest instrumentalists

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fans of Soyoun Chun, soprano and Bethel College assistant professor of music, have come to expect programs characterized by a rich diversity of vocal music.

They won’t be disappointed with her first Bethel recital in three years – Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

The recital will range from Handel to Donizetti to Korean art songs to contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. Admission is free and open to the public.

It will also feature guest artists. The event is a joint recital with Chun’s husband, violist Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, associate professor at the University of Kansas. Others are Jiwon Choi, piano; Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music, harpsichord; and Allie Chesbrough, freshman from Leawood, cello.

On Chun’s Sept. 21 program are the Cantata Française by George Frideric Handel; three songs by Richard Strauss, “Morgen!,” “Schlagenden Herzen” and “Ständchen”; “Let Evening Come” by William Bolcom, for soprano, viola and piano; the concert aria “Basta, Vincesti … Ah non lasciami, no” by W.A. Mozart; several Korean art songs; and the aria “So anch’io la virtu magica” from Don Pasquale by Donizetti.

Chung-Hoon Peter Chun will perform the Sonata in G, RV. 10 by Antonio Vivaldi and “Rhapsodie” from Ernst Bloch’s Suite hébraïque.

Soyoun 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, Verdi’s Requiem and Haydn’s The Creation.

Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, has taught viola at KU since 1999. A versatile musician, he has given numerous recitals and chamber music performances regionally, across the United States and in Korea, Japan and South Africa.

Chun has played with the New England Chamber Ensemble, the Tonos String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet and is currently the violist for Quartet Accorda, based in Kansas City. He frequently performs with the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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