Recital Features Spanish Theme, New Faculty

Posted on 10/2/2015 11:28:03 AM

Raquel Winnica Young and Sun Min KimMezzo-Soprano Raquel Winnica Young and pianist Sun Min Kim, both new faculty members in the IUP Department of Music, will perform Ayres Ibericos, a musical journey through different regions of Spain, as part of the Sound Choices series. The concert will be presented Friday, October 9, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.

The evocative compositions of Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Jesus Garcia Leoz, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Xavier Montsalvatge revived the dormant folk elements of Spanish music during the 19th and 20th centuries. These will be paired with selections by Scriabin and Frank, both composers of the same era.

Both Young and Kim are new to the IUP music faculty, making their Indiana debuts with this unique program. Young is originally from Argentina, while Kim is from South Korea. Both have extensive international performance credits.

Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “beautifully voiced singer-actor,” Raquel Winnica Young earned a degree in vocal performance from the Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires and an artist diploma in voice from Duquesne University. 

Young's career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. Equally comfortable performing early music, new music, and chamber music, she performed in Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Bach Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland; the world-premiere opera Marianita Limenia by Valdo Sciamarella in Buenos Aires; and the European tour of the opera Medeamaterial by Pascal Dusapin with Remix Ensemble. 

South Korean pianist Kim serves as an assistant professor at IUP. He made his debut with the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra at age 13, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. He has been a prizewinner of national and international competitions such as the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, International Crescendo Music Awards, Brevard Music Center Solo Piano Competition, Harold Protsman Piano Competition, Competition of the Society for American Musicians, and Lee Biennial Piano Competition.

Kim completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature with a minor in collaborative piano at the Eastman School of Music. He also earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Eastman.

Tickets for the October 9 event are available online or the Lively Arts ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Regular admission is $11, admission for seniors citizens 60 and older is $9; and I-Card holders, students, and children are $7.

For more information on this and other events represented by the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail  


Sound Choices

Ayres Ibericos 200

Ayres Ibericos

October 9, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

Latin American music comes to life with the voice of Raquel Winnica Young joined by pianist Sun Min Kim, both of whom are new faculty in the Department of Music.

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For more information, visit Ayres Ibericos, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.