Baroque(n) Hearts

Featured Artists

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.

Emanouil Manolov has been performing with One World Symphony since 2004 and has performed as violin soloist in numerous performances including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, and Sung Jin Hong’s From The Alchemist. At the age of ten, Mr. Manolov made his debut playing on Bulgarian National Television. Since then he has gone on to perform widely throughout his native Bulgaria, Germany and the United States. Recital appearances have included the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and also a recital as part of the Embassy Series last season. As a chamber musician Mr. Manolov has performed at Barge Music in New York, and was the concertmaster and soloist for the Young Soloists of New York on the stages of the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space. He has been a featured soloist with the Virginia Commonwealth Symphony and a guest artist at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick, ME. Festival appearances have included two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center. At the Pacific Music Festival in 2005 he was featured in a chamber music collaboration with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Manolov began his musical education at the Central Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria, and later attended the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He earned a Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook under the supervision of Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian and Philip Setzer.

Monica Martin has been playing violin since the age of five. She has given recitals and performed at many major concert halls in New York, including Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Rose Theater, Alice Tully, and Avery Fischer Hall. Ms. Martin has been a winner of the ISO Concerto Competition, the Queens College Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. She is a member of several orchestras in the New York City area, and in December 2011 was accepted into the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, working under the baton of Jamie Laredo. She has studied with accomplished violinists such as Daniel Phillips and Carmit Zori, and has participated in master classes with Cho-Liang Lin, Maseo Kawasaki, Fred Sherry, and Anton Miller. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Martin toured northern Italy playing chamber music as a member of the Holter Ensemble. Ms. Martin is currently the Assistant Head of Music at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Queens College. She has been performing with One World Symphony since 2009.
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A native of New York City, Jason Mellow began playing violin at the age of 4. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, and recently completed a Master of Music degree from Indiana University with a Dean’s Scholarship and a Music Merit award. His teachers have included Professor Mark Kaplan and Dr. Ann Setzer. An avid performer of new music, Jason has participated in various ensembles, including the Mannes Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Holographic New Music Project, and he was awarded the Prix d’Interprétation Composition from the Fontainebleau School in France for the mastery of world premiere performances of new music. In addition to classical music, Jason is also a developing jazz violinist and is currently studying the techniques of free improvisation as well. He has been performing with One World Symphony since 2011.

Laura Farmer, soprano, is delighted to be performing with One World Symphony again. Most recently she performed as Cleopatra from Giulio Cesare in One World Symphony’s Baroque[n] Hearts program. Also with One World, she has performed as Giulietta in Shakespeare Scandals, Lulu in Return of Mad Women, Solveig in Peer Gynt, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Cleopatra in Gulio Cesare, and Frasquita in Carmen. She has sung a wide range of roles including Norina (Don Pasquale), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Monica (The Medium), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Yum Yum (Mikado), and Despina (Così fan Tutte) with companies including Des Moines Metro Opera, Natchez Music Festival, Tulsa Opera, and Liederkranz Opera. Internationally, Ms. Farmer performed Giulietta (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi) in a tour of the Czech Republic and Giulia (La Scala di Seta) in Teatro di Pacini (Tuscany). Ms. Farmer was also a finalist in the National Opera Association competition. Following graduation from Yale University, Ms. Farmer appeared as a jazz vocalist with Whim’n Rhythm in a nine-country tour of the Far East; the group was featured at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and Club Med Bali, as well as on Korean national television and radio.

Soprano Beverly Love was a featured artist in One World Symphony’s Return of the Mad Women of Opera as Medea in October 2012.  Additional performances with One World Symphony include Solveig in selections from Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Alceste in the company’s presentation of works by Gluck and Calzabigi.  She debuted with the company in 2011 as Ellen Orford in highlights from Peter Grimes. Other recent appearances include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at the Rochester Vocal Seminar and the Marquise de Merteuil in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons with Opera Avanti at Lang Hall. In 2014, she will be performing highlights from Die Zauberflöte, Candide, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann as a guest artist at the Quakertown Choral Festival and Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor at the Westergaard Gala in Philadelphia.  Ms. Love holds degrees in vocal performance from Abilene Christian and Southern Methodist Universities.

The Robert Page Jazz Trio was formed under the direction of pianist Robert Page. Its members include Robert Page (piano), Justin Lee (Bass), and ED Pillion (drums). The trio has recently appeared at Moonstruck in Asbury Park, Trinity in Key Port, The Mill in Spring Lake, and other local venues.

Bob Page, Piano: Originally from Pennsylvania, Mr. Page has enjoyed performing with such jazz musicians as Jake Hanna, Earl May, Mousey Alexander, and Remo Palmier. He made several cruises on the S.S. Rotterdam as a band leader. He also was featured leading a jazz trio in the South American country of Suriname (formally Dutch Guiana) for a winter season. He replaced the Hank Jones group at the famed St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan. Mr. Page makes his home in West Allenhurst, New Jersey.

Ed Pillion, Drums: Mr. Pillion’s years of experience are evident in the wide array of styles and techniques he has mastered. Having studied at university, he has worked in the areas of rock, jazz, salsa, concert, and symphony orchestras.

Justin Lee, Bass: Mr. Lee is currently the principal bassist of the One World Symphony, and founding member of the Power House Big Band and Bob Page Jazz Trio. Samples of his work are also located in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, in collaboration with Joe Coco and Rodger Parr, in the album Hindsight. He performed along with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra for a music video with rap star Jay Z for Super Bowl XLIV. Mr. Lee performed with the New Jersey Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. He is also proud to have worked with the original Broadway cast of Putnam County Spelling Bee, jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and Constantine Maroulis in the Premier Theater Company’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street


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