One World Symphony Founders
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Composer-Conductor
As the creator of New York City's One World Symphony, Sung Jin Hong is committed to realizing and fulfilling its VISION. One World Symphony does not exist without the generous contributions of its community of partners: passionate artists, versatile staff, and the audience. As a conductor, he has had the honor of presenting world premieres and works by living composers such as John Adams, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, Harold Farberman, Kyle Gann, John Harbison, George Perle, Andre Previn, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joan Tower, Keith Bailey, Lisa Burke, Jason Candler, John Craven, James Cross, Jerry DeVore, Peter Gilbert, Leonard Goldfine, Stanley Grill, Sean Hickey, Jihwan Kim, Masashi Mori, Andrew Struck-Marcell, Margarita Zelenaia, and others. After conducting works by many composers during One World Symphony's first nine seasons, Sung Jin Hong programmed From The Alchemist on September 2009, which also was his first work that was publicly performed by One World Symphony. Hong and his work have been reviewed and profiled by The New York Times, Time Out New York, Operaticus, Lucid Culture, Composers of Sibelius, Tuxedo Revolt, and most recently by the award-winning journalist and author Clemency Burton-Hill of BBC. Sung Jin Hong would like to thank the dedicated musicians of One World Symphony who consistently bring the music to life, as the notes on the page are only the blueprint; its active partners, who have embraced inspiring collaboration through adventurous programming and powerful performances; the press, who has helped to spread the word about its events and VISION; and his three compositional muses: Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Cleo, and Adrienne Metzinger.
Adrienne Metzinger is a founding member, graphic designer, managing director, and stage director of One World Symphony. TimeOut New York reviewed One World Symphony’s production of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen: “Tempering some ingenuity with a sense of humor, stage director Adrienne Metzinger created a fanciful world evocative of the Bohemian woods. Dragonflies buzzed down one aisle while fox cubs scampered down another; a drunken schoolmaster found ample stumbling space, and a keen amount of tension was created when Vixen was shot.” The Salon reviewed her performance as a vocalist: “In a beautiful soprano, she [Ms. Metzinger] sang a legit-jazz version of Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home, and although she said she was new to the Cabaret world, she sang in this intimate setting like a pro.”
Ms. Metzinger had the honor of singing our National Anthem to begin New York City’s televised 2003 Veteran’s Day Parade as well as at a ceremony honoring Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association (formerly Eastern Paralyzed Veterans’ Association.). In June of 2003, she made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut singing the music of Kurt Weill in a benefit concert for the American Red Cross.
Ms. Metzinger has made numerous appearances in One World Symphony’s opera productions: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Brangäne), Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites (First Prioress), Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), Barber’s Vanessa (The Baroness), Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) and Elektra (Clytemnestra’s Trainbearer), Verdi’sOtello (Emilia), Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester’s Wife, Dog), Tchaikovsky’sEugene Onegin (Larina), and Handel’sGiulio Cesare (Cornelia). Her solo concert repertoire with One World Symphony include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Her opera performance credits with various organizations in the New York region include Mercedes (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Flora and Annina (La Traviata), Peep-Bo (The Mikado), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Kate (Madama Butterfly), The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Kate (Ballad of Baby Doe) as well as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann (orchestrated by Sung Jin Hong), Joan Dawidziak and a piece written for her by New York composer Stan Grill for soprano, harp, and cello based on poems by John McKenzie.
Ms. Metzinger is Design Director of Stan Adler Associates in Manhattan. She also designs all posters and marketing materials for One World Symphony.