The UT Arlington vocal department will present an “Opera Extravaganza” as part of its Distinguished Alumni series. The evening’s concert of various opera selections will feature two internationally acclaimed UT Arlington alumni, mezzo soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis and tenor Kwan Kyun Joo along with distinguished UT Arlington professors Soo Hong Kim, soprano, David Grogan, baritone, and collaborative pianist Gabriel Sanchez.
Ms. Bryce-Davis, hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano", is the winner of The Richard F. Gold Career Grant for 2016, the 2015 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Pittsburgh District, and the 2015 Sedat Gürel - Güzin Gürel International Voice Competition in Istanbul. This summer Ms. Bryce-Davis is a finalist for Placido Domingo’s Operalia and the Belvedere Competition.
A native of South Korea, tenor Kwan Kyun Joo has appeared professionally as a soloist on the opera, oratorio and recital stage. Roles include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don José in Carme, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, and Tito in La Clemenza di Tito. Oratorio experience includes Bach’s Mass in b Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Puccini’s Gloria,Mozart Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Verdi Requiem at Bass Hall, Fort Worth, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with symphonies in Texas, including the Texarkana Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus, UTA Symphony Orchestra, Plano Civic Chorus, The Texas Voices and CTS (Christian Television System in Korea) Chamber Orchestra.
Soo Hong Kim, a lyric soprano, has performed major rolls in many professional opera companies such as the Dallas Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Shreveport Opera. She made her New York debut as soloist in Mozart’s Vespers at Lincoln Center. She has also received many awards and recognition as the winner in competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera Guild Audition (Southwest Region winner) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA, the National winner; Mary Wolfman Award). Dr. Kim has performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony.
David Grogan, baritone, has performed extensively throughout the Southwest to critical acclaim. The Dallas Morning News hailed Mr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. He has performed as a soloist with many Dallas area arts groups including the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Mesquite Civic Chorus, and the Allegro Artists, as well as at several Texas universities. Recent performances include Elijah with the New Mexico Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arlington Master Chorale, and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Plano Civic Chorus.
The concert will be held June 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in UT Arlington's Irons Recital Hall. Admission is free with any donations to benefit UT Arlington vocal arts scholarships.
For further information, please contact Dr. Karen Kenaston-French at 817-272-2435.