JungWoo Kim, who is a baritone and member of the Hope College music faculty, will present “An Evening of Asian Art Song” on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Kim will be accompanied by pianist Mutsumi Moteki, an associate professor in the College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The performance will feature Korean, Japanese, and Chinese songs introduced by Kim, Moteki and visiting scholar Kai Tang, a post-doctoral teaching fellow whose research focuses on East Asian music. Images from Hope College’s Asian art collection, selected by Charles Mason, director of the Kruizenga Art Museum, will be projected during some of the performance.
Kim has actively performed as an opera singer, concert soloist, and recitalist throughout United States, South America and his native South Korea. He has appeared with Central City Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Loveland Opera Theatre, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall), Cecilia Music Center, DeKalb International Chorus Festival, The National Theater of Korea, Seoul Art Center, and more.
His vocal repertoire spans a wide range, covering every major genre, period and style. Notable opera roles he performed have included Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte,” Count Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Papageno and Speaker in “Zauberflöte,” Fiorelleo in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore,” Marcello and Schaunard in “La Bohème,” Forester in “Cunning Little Vixen,” Yamadori in “Madama Butterfly” and Mr. Dashwood in “Little Women.” As baritone soloist, he has performed Johannes Brahms’s “German Requiem,” Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem,” George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Five Mystical Songs,” Theodore Debois’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” Charles Gounod’s “Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.”
Kim is the winner of numerous honors and awards, including first prize in the West-Central NATS competition, and finalist in the Harold Haugh Opera Vocal Competition and Rose Palmai-Tenser Vocal Competition. He is also the winner of the Best Should Teach Initiative Silver Award from the Graduate Teacher Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition, he received numerous scholarships from all academic institutions he attended.
He is an assistant professor of voice at Hope. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Graduate Instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his B.M. degree in voice performance from Chung-Ang University in Korea, M.M. and P.D. in voice performance from Indiana University at Bloomington and D.M.A. in vocal performance and pedagogy from University of Colorado at Boulder. His former teachers include Patrick Mason, Giorgio Tozzi, Paul Kiesgen and Byung-Doo Lee.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.