Guest Recital by South Korean Tenor To Be Held Sept. 18

Aug. 25, 2005

by Dick Veit (254) 710-3991

Tenor Nagyoung Kang, who is in residence at Baylor University this year as Visiting Professor in the School of Music, will present a guest recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Roxy Grove Hall. This performance, part of the Harvest Moon Festival (the east Asian equivalent of Thanksgiving), also will feature Hyang-won Kim as collaborative pianist. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Waco Foundation.

The program will include Georges Bizet's "Agnus Dei," Paolo Tosti's "L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra," Luigi Denza's "Se...," and "Pietà, Signore" by Alessandro Stradella. Kang will also sing "Addio bel sogno" and "Ti voglio tanto bene," both by Ernesto De Curtis, and two songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff, "How Fair This Spot!" and "Do Not Sing for Me, My Love."

Among the native Korean pieces will be "Tell Me My Savior" by Duwan Kim, "Psalm 23" by Unyoung Ra, "A Song of Home Land" by Suin Lee, "As Spring Comes Across the River" by Khengsu Lim, and "My Heart" and "The Narcissus," both by Dongjin Kim. Two operatic selections will close the program--"The Ballad of Lebko" from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night and "La donna è mobile" from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.

Nagyoung Kang graduated from Seoul National University in South Korea. He studied opera performance at three eminent music schools in Milan, Italy--the Conservatorio Statale di Milano "G. Verdi," the Scuola Musicale di Milano, and the Instituto Sacra S. Ambrosio di Milano. Returning to his homeland, he served as first tenor with the Soloist Ensemble and also as a member of the Korean National Choir. Currently, Kang is a faculty member in the Department of Music Education at Mokwon University in Daejeon, South Korea.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students, and are available from the Korean United Methodist Church, the Korean Baptist Church, and at the door prior to performance. For more information, call Baylor University School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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