Soloists announced for Bluffton University’s 126th performance of Messiah – WKTN

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BLUFFTON, Ohio — The Music Department at Bluffton University has announced the soloists for their 126th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 pm Sunday, December 12 at Yoder Recital Hall. The soloists are Summer Aebker, soprano; Ryu-Kyung Kim, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Bunsold, tenor; and William Schott, bass.

Aebker holds a doctorate in music in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she was a former associate instructor and student of Costanza Cuccaro. She has performed for the IU New Music Ensemble as a guest artist with Pulitzer Prize nominee-in-residence Kate Soper. In addition, she performed new musical works composed by Cory K. Rubin and Ábel Esbenshade for soprano and chamber ensemble at the Midwest Composers Symposium at the University of Michigan. Aebker is professor of music at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, where she has performed in various faculty recitals. Most recently, she has been a soloist with the UN and St. Michael Findlay choirs for performances of Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.

Kim highlighted his last seasons as Queen Lili’uokalani in “Better Gods” by the Little Opera Theater of NY, as the featured artist in the Korea Now concert in Cairo, Egypt, and the Shakespeare concert in Jordan Hall and at the Jewett Arts Center, and as Alto Solo in Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky” with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played major roles in operas and concert works across the world with many prestigious opera companies and orchestras. Kim received her doctorate in musical arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her diploma in opera from the Academy of Vocal Arts. She has been on the Singing Faculty at the University of Dayton since 2013.

Bunsold sang a wide variety of opera and concert engagements. Performances include Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” for Center Stage Opera in California, Emperor Altoum in “Turandot” with the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska and Rinnucio in “Gianni Schicchi” for Otterbein University Opera Theater. An active concert soloist, Bunsold has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He has been tenor soloist in “Carmina Burana” with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s “Requiem” at Virginia Tech University and Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska, and guest artist at the Christmas concert at the University of Heidelberg. He holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Illinois and completed graduate studies at Ohio State University.

Schott has performed with Opera Columbus, Opera Project Columbus and OSU Opera and Lyric Theater in numerous shows including “Rigoletto”, “La Rondine” and featured as the Giant in Opera Columbus outreach program of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. In addition to Schott’s lyrical repertoire, he has been a soloist in numerous choral works including Schubert’s Mass in G, Faure’s “Requiem”, Gounod’s Messe Sainte-Cécile and the Cantata “Uns ist ein Kind geboren” by JS Bach. Schott currently sings with the Lancaster Choral and as a soloist and section leader for First Community Church in Columbus. He received his Bachelor of Music from Ohio State University.

Dr Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will conduct the oratorio. The Bluffton Choral Society, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, will accompany with an orchestra.

Although tickets are free, space must be reserved at www.bluffton.edu/tickets or at the Marbeck Center.

Masks must be worn inside the Yoder Recital Hall.

The event will also be webcast live on http://www.bluffton.edu/messiah