C’est L’Amour: Passport To Paris

C’est L’Amour: Passport To Paris

One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
Lloyd Arriola, Pianist
One World Symphony Vocal Artists

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (1931)
Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été (Summer Nights)
Edith Piaf favorites for voice and cabaret ensemble: C'Est l'Amour, L'Accordéoniste, and La Vie en Rose

Embark upon our ultimate journey — to the august City of Light. No one captured the soul of Paris better than Edith Piaf, the "Little Sparrow" whose ecstatic cabaret songs have continued to enthrall her listeners. The romantic yearning builds with Berlioz's sublime and haunting Les nuits d'été, an evocation of lost love and desolation so poignant that the wayfarer only wishes to travel "to the faithful shore where love lasts forever." Lloyd Arriola, who dazzled with his triumphant performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at One World Symphony's sold-out Town Hall Debut in 2006, closes out the season with the subtle fusion of hypnotic impressionism and captivating jazz in the rich and sensual rhythms of Ravel's Piano Concerto. C'est l'amour!

Performance length: 80 minutes without intermission

Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director, composer, and conductor of One World Symphony. Hailed by The Village Voice as "a promising young conductor" and by The Korea Herald as "Creator of New York's Hip Classical," As a composer, The New York Times praised Hong's From The Alchemist as transforming "a novel to a lush Mahlerian sound." A passionate educator, Hong was awarded a grant from VH1's Save the Music Foundation to continue teaching at Harlem Children Zone's The Promise Academy. Mr. Hong has guest conducted in Europe, such as Stadt Wien Konservatorium Orchester in Vienna, Austria, Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Brittany, France, and The Royal Northern Conservatory of Music in Manchester, UK. In the U.S, he has guest conducted the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Company, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Mannes Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Youth Symphony, Bard College Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan New Music Players, Western Illinois University Cello Choir, Bradley University Wind Ensemble, Great Music For A Great City at CUNY, Wayne State University Symphony, the Prospect Chamber Players, Twin Cities Ballet Company, and Take Dance Company. Mr. Hong has held positions as Music Director and Conductor of Peoria Sinfonietta and Principal Conductor of IES Singerverein in Vienna. He has also collaborated with musicians from the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic as a conductor. Highlights for the upcoming season include leading One World Symphony's new season as its artistic director and conductor and guest engagements conducting The Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, Fiery World Music Orchestra in Los Angeles, The Gandharvas, and his debut in Dallas conducting musicians from Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted and recorded world premieres for the world's leading classical record label Naxos. Mr. Hong had the great honor of being personal chosen by the New York Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Kurt Masur to conduct in masterclasses and a concert in New York.

Hailed by The New York Times as a "caring and successful pianist," Lloyd Arriola has played all over the world as a soloist, recitalist, and conductor since his debut in 1983 in the Bach F minor Clavier Concerto, at the age of ten. Mr. Arriola made his debut with One World Symphony performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at The Town Hall to sold-out audiences. He has worked with many important artists in the world of classical music and musical theatre, including soprano Lucine Amara, violinist Ole Bohn, and cellist Darett Atkins. This season Mr. Arriola served as musical director and conductor of works as varied as Verdi's Il Trovatore and William Finn's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and as a pianist in the world premiere performance of a two-piano version of William Bolcom's View from the Bridge. This year he also premiered Nine Inventions and Fugal Etude by Jeremiah Bornfield, and gave the first public performance of a piano work, long thought of as lost, by the exiled Hungarian composer Gabriel von Wayditch, as part of the Extremely Hungary festival. Mr. Arriola also has been a fierce advocate for music education, and is the pianist-in-residence at the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx. He has also taught musical theatre classes as a member of the Tada! teaching artists staff in the public schools in all five boroughs of New York City. In addition, Mr. Arriola has been a faculty member at Montclair State University, William Paterson University, and Sarah Lawrence College. Mr. Arriola is a graduate of the Juilliard School (where he received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Piano Performance) and the Peabody Institute, and studied at both institutions with the eminent pedagogue Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Soprano Sonya Headlam is thrilled to be singing again with One World Symphony. Ms. Headlam has been seen in the past as a featured OWS soloist in Handel's Saul and Haydn's Creation in addition to numerous ensembles. Highlights of Ms. Headlam's 2009–2010 Season include her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn's Paukenmesse and Vaughan-Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with DCINY. In addition Ms. Headlam recently made her debut with Fargo-Morehead Opera singing the role of Musetta in La Bohème. An active recitalist and soloist in the U.S. and Caribbean, Ms. Headlam recently performed a solo recital to a sold-out house at the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Upcoming performances include her return to the Trinity Church Concerts at One Series later this year. Ms. Headlam holds a Master of Music degree from Miami University of Ohio and currently resides in NYC.

Soprano Cheryl Warfield has performed over 15 roles in the standard operatic repertory during her career. Ms. Warfield made her European operatic debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosí Fan Tutte with the Rome Festival Orchestra, and has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bregenz Festival (Austria), the Theater des Westins (Berlin), and in Italy, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. She produced the Amore Opera inaugural production of La Bohème last December, and has written, produced and starred in the spirituals concert "Paul Robeson: A Celebration of Culture," and the one-woman show Meet Dorothy Maynor, about the legendary soprano who founded the Harlem School of the Arts. Ms. Warfield is a member of Actor's Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, having appeared on Broadway in Hal Prince's Showboat and as an extra in film and commercials. Ms. Warfield made her debut with One World Symphony singing Liza in Pique Dame.

Tamra Paselk, a native of El Paso, Texas, recently relocated to New York after six years in San Francisco. She completed her Masters degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2005 and has performed many roles of note including Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo, Lucy Brown in Die Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weill, Laeticia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Noemie in Cendrillon by Massanet, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart and Inez in Offenbach's Les Bavards. She has been a soloist with the SF Ballet and the SF Opera Guild and has also sung with numerous Bay Area concert choirs and chamber orchestras. Ms. Paselk is known for ability to engage and entertain her audiences through the versatile and organic presentation character. She made her debut with One World Symphony performing Cathleen in Riders to the Sea.

Mezzo-soprano Susanna Ketron made her One World Symphony debut in the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus earlier this season, and returned to perform the roles of Woodpecker, Dog and Innkeeper's Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen. Her recent performances also include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Intimate Opera New York, the U.S. premiere of Ricardo Llorca's opera Las Horas Vacías at the United Nations, the Broadway U.C.C. benefit concert Love's Philosophy in Manhattan, and a live broadcast on Sirius Radio with the Manhattan Choral Ensemble. She will next be heard singing the role of Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann in spring 2010. A scholarship award recipient in Westminster Choir College's 2009 CoOperative Program, and a two-time Berkshire Scholar Award winner, Ms. Ketron currently studies with Deborah Birnbaum.

As a pianist, accordionist, and composer, Lars Potteiger is an experienced performer and composer in many different styles of music. Since beginning piano at the age of five, Mr. Potteiger pursued his musical interests down the paths of classical, jazz, rock, and funk, eventually leading him to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After completing his degree, he moved to New York City where he now resides. Mr. Potteiger's most recent album releases include Reverie (2008) and Sacrifice (2010) with the talented singer-songwriter Jann Klose, Throwback (2010 ) with funk legend Milo Z, 11:11 (2010 ) with contemporary jazz ensemble 11:11, and Music in Words (2008) with his own jazz ensemble, the Lars Potteiger Trio. Mr. Potteiger has been a member of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Rican Ensemble, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He made his orchestral debut as an accordion soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and has played accordion in jazz bands, rock bands, chamber ensembles, and theatre productions. Mr. Potteiger has played keyboards with the Cincinnati jazz-fusion band Cat City, which released the album In and Out in 2005. He had five originals on the double-disc release, which Cincinnati's City Beat described as "lay[ing] the groundwork for the best playing and arranging."

Friday, June 4, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Brooklyn Heights

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Church of the Holy Apostles