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Vocal Recital Series: Raejin Lee, soprano | Randall Bills, tenor October 18, 2015 | 7P

16 Sep 2015 by In Past Events

October 18, 2015 7PM

Raejin Lee, soprano
Randall Bills, tenor
William Wellwood, clarinet
Kimo Smith, piano

Director of Vocal Studies, soprano Raejin Lee, will be giving a recital on Sunday, October 18th at 7pm. She will be joined by guest artist and La Sierra University alumnus, tenor Randall Bills, as well as Director of Keyboard Studies and Collaborative Arts, Kimo Smith, and Clarinet Studies, Dr. William Wellwood. This is a free event. Doors open at 6:30p. This event will take place at La Sierra University's Hole Memorial Auditorium.

Program will include:

From Vier Duette Op. 34 Robert Schumann 
Liebesgarten (1810-1856)
Liebhabers Ständchenand 
Raejin Lee, soprano 
Randall Bills, tenor

From Liederkreis, Op. 24 R. Schumann 
Morgens steh’ich auf und frage
Es treibt mich hin, es treibt mich her
Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
Lieb’Liebchen, leg’s Händchen aufs Herze mein
Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
Randall Bills, tenor

Segreto Paolo Tosti 
La Serenata (1846-1916)
Raejin Lee, soprano

Poema en forma de canciones, Op.19 Joaquín Turina 
Dedicatoria (1882-1949)
Nunca olvida
Los dos miedos
Las locas poramor 
Randall Bills, tenor

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D.965 Franz Schubert 
Raejin Lee, soprano
William Wellwood, clarinet


Open Thy Lattice Love Stephen Foster 
Beautiful Dreamer (1826-1864)
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Randall Wills, tenor

Song of Mongeumpo Jean Ahn 
Kangwondo Arirang (b. 1976)
Weaver’s Song
Raejin Lee, soprano

Poème d’un jour, Op. 21 Gabriel Fauré
Randall Bills, tenor

Caro elisir, sei mio…From L’elisir d’amore Gaetano Donizetti
Raejin Lee, soprano (1797-1828)
Randall Bills, tenor

About the performers

Raejin Lee, soprano

Soprano RAEJIN LEE has an active performing career, with appearances throughout the United States, Italy, and Korea in oratorio, recital, and opera. She has performed such roles as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Giulietta in I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief

Dr. Lee has received many honors and awards, including a special prize for her distinguished performance of the Italian Art Song repertoire from the Italian America Cultural Foundation. Her biography has been listed in Who’s Who reference books including; Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. She was a featured soloist in the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

She received an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and she completed her doctoral studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey as a student of Faith Esham. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee is currently Director of Vocal Studies at La Sierra University. She resides in Yorba Linda with her husband Justin, and their two daughters, Ashley and Olivia.


Randall Bills, tenor

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a voice of “lyrical beauty and intensity,” American tenor RANDALL BILLS is poised on the brink of an impressive international career.

The upcoming 2015/16 season finds Mr. Bills with the role debut of Fernand in Donizetti’s La favorite with Washington Concert Opera conducted by Anthony Walker, performances of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras directed by Edward Berkley with conductor Frederico Cortese, and return performances of the same role with the Opernhaus Chemnitz.  Other concert work this season includes a recital at La Sierra University with pianist Kimo Smith, the OperaBuffs of Los Angeles Fall Showcase with pianist Brent McMunn, and Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate with theAmerican University of Beirut and conductor Thomas Kim.


The 2014/15 season began with Mr. Bills’ debut at Seattle Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with director Chris Alexander and conductor Gary Thor Wedow, a debut at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with conductor Christiaan Crans, his role debut as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Opernhaus Chemnitz in a production from Kobie van Rensburg conducted by Felix Bender, debuts at the Staatstheater Braunschweig as Tom Rakewell in a Christopher Alden production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Christohper Hein, a return to the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar as both Alfredo in La traviata and Italienischer Sänger in Der Rosenkavalier with productions from Karsten Wiegand and Vera Nmerova conducted by Stefan Solyom, and a role and house debut as Léopold at the Vlaamse Oper in a new production from Peter Konwitschny of Halévy’s La Juive with conductor Tomas Netopil.  oncert work also included performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony and conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


In the 2013/14 season Mr. Bills made several important international debuts: notably a new production of Così fan tutte in London at English National Opera with director Phelim McDermott and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, Italian operatic debuts as Geoffredo/Ubaldo in Luca Ronconi’s new production of Armida for the Rossini Opera Festival with conductor Carlo Rizzi,  as Ferrando in Damiano Michieletto’s production of Così fan tutte with conductor Christopher Franklin at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and as Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw conducted by Jonathan Webb at Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  Additionally, Mr. Bills returned to the Staatstheater Darmstadt for further performances of Elvino in La sonnambulawith conductor Elias Grandy and can be heard with the baroque ensemble the American Classical Orchestra and conductor Thomas C. Crawford in a semi-staged performance of Händel’s Alceste at Alice Tully Hall in New York.


In a busy 2012/13 season Mr. Bills completed a residence contract at Oper Leipzig with performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando, and a highly anticipated role debut as Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviliga.  He also debuted at theKomische Oper Berlin as Iskra in Mazeppa with conductor Henrik Nánási, the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with conductor Thomas Dorsch, debuted as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and as Elvino in La sonnambula at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and debuted as Osiride in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto with New York City Operaand conductor Jayce Ogren, he also joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Don Pasquale.  Concert work included further performances of Bellini's La straniera at the Vienna Musikverein with soprano Edita Gruberova and conductor Pietro Rizzo, Bach’s Johannes-Passion, with the American University of Beirut, and Agorante in Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide with conductor José Miguel Pérez Sierra at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, to be released on the Naxos Records label.


Praised by Opera News for “his consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura” Mr. Bills is equally at home on the concert as well as operatic stage.  He has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Fresno PhilharmonicNaples Philharmonic, and the Pasadena Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Ariel Ramierz’ Missa Criolla with Opus 7 at the Hollywood Bowl.  Other concert works include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with thePasadena Symphony, the Bochum Symphony, and the composer’s Requiem with the Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Paulist Choristers, and the USC Thornton Symphony conducted by Carl St. Claire, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliettewith the Louisville Orchestra, Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation with the La Sierra Sinfonia, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Vahrer Kantorei, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Naples Philharmonic.  Mr. Bills has been the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and conductor Grant Gershon, as well as the soloist for performances of the work at the grand re-opening of the Ambassador Auditorium with conductor Jorge Mester and thePasadena Symphony, Mozart's Litaniae de venerabili altaris scarament and Weber's Freischutz-Messe with the Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal conducted by Ralf Weiker, and the Johannes-Passion with conductor Ruben Jais and L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.


A consummate recitalist, praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “crystal-clear diction,” Mr. Bills has given recital performances internationally including his “Young Artist of the Year” Debut Recital under the auspices of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles Chapter, lieder programs with the International Kultureform Theater Bremen and a recital at the Würzburg Residence with the Mainfranken Theater Chamber Music Series, as well as a recital program at theShanghai Conservatory of Music in China.  Mr. Bills has also had the privilege of participating with internationally recognized collaborative pianist Alan Smith in the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Recital at the University of Southern California.


A member of the 2006 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Young Singers, Mr. Bills completed the 2006/07 season as a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany.

William Wellwood, clarinet

WILLIAM H. WELLWOOD (clarinet): MM Yale School of Music; DMA University of Southern California. William H. Wellwood has performed in orchestras and chamber groups throughout the United States. Dr. Wellwood has been principal clarinetist with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra and is currently bass clarinetist with the American Concert Winds/Long Beach Municipal Band. He has recently performed on the Distinguished Faculty Concert Series at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Other performances include the Long Beach Opera, Symphony in the Glen, the Hollywood Bowl (American Concert Winds), the Zipper Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and the IAMS Faculty Concert Series. His appearances as a soloist have included concerts with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, and the Pomona College Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Wellwood is on the faculty of La Sierra University, the Bellflower Institute of Art Music and Science, the Claremont Community School of Music, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He is a member of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and Music Teachers' Association of California, and serves on the MTAC San Gabriel Valley Branch Board of Directors as the Certificate of Merit Branch Chair and the VOCE Branch Chair.  Dr. Wellwood has completed studies with Yehuda Gilad, David Shifrin, David Howard and Kalman Bloch.

Kimo Smith, piano

KIMO SMITH, organist and collaborative pianist, began music studies in his home state of Hawaii at age four.  Following his graduation from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees, magna cum laude, in organ performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in organ performance as a student of Thomas Harmon.  Dr. Smith is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association.  Dr. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Music at La Sierra University and past chair of the Department of Music. He is an active recitalist, performing locally, nationally, and abroad. As organist, he has appeared as a guest artist with several Southern California orchestras and choral ensembles, including the Glendale Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, William Hall Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Angeles Chorale, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is featured organist on a 2010 recording of the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the choral works of emerging young composer, Nico Muhly.  This was the first recording of the LAMC in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and their first for the world-renowned Decca label. He was invited to perform two of Muhly’s compositions with the LAMC at the opening concert of their 2012-2013 season. 

Dr. Smith has served as organist in various churches since the age of twelve, and is currently the organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and the University Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda.  His professional music activities also include a great deal of collaborative performing which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia with touring groups and solo artists.  Dr. Smith and his wife, Cheryl, also a professional musician, reside in Loma Linda, California.  They have three children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.