Legends of the North

Legends from the North

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Composer-Conductor Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director of One World Symphony. The New York Times described Hong’s From The Alchemist as transforming “a novel to a lush Mahlerian sound.” Mr. Hong’s upcoming composition commissions include a piano concerto for Lloyd Arriola and a symphonic poem for Ramakrishna-Vivekananda. His recent commissioned and performed symphonic works include Eye of the Storm (2010–2011) and Sidewalk Sketches (2010). His compositions have been performed at the New York International Fringe Festival, the central New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, Bard College, and Palai Corbelli in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Hong’s guest conducting engagements include Lyrique-en-mer in France, Stadt Wien Konservatorium in Vienna, Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Redlands University, Bradley University, Western Illinois University, Great Music for a Great City. Mr. Hong had the honor of being chosen by Kurt Masur to participate in a series of masterclasses and conduct in a concert with Manhattan School of Music Symphony. He made his international recording debut as a conductor with classical music’s largest record label, Naxos.

Soprano Alla Markovich is thrilled to perform with One World Symphony again after debuting as Salomé in “Mad Women” — One World’s Halloween 2011 program. She was a soloist of the Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Theatre in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1998–2003. She performed Despina from Così Fan Tutte by Mozart, Mimi from La Bohème by Puccini, Tatiana from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, and Micaela from Carmen by Bizet. She is an award winner in Jazep Vitol International Vocal Competition, Riga, Latvia, 1999. She has performed numerous concerts in Russia, Europe, and United States in 2000–2010. Concert highlights include a solo concert in the Hermitage Series, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland in 2001. She graduated from Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, in 2000 as an opera singer, and finished a doctorate course as a chamber singer in 2002. She received a scholarship with Hanns Eisler Higher School of Music, Berlin, Germany in 2002. Ms. Markovich participated in master classes by Fedora Barbieri, Leonia Vetusci and Galina Vishnevskaya, Steven Crawford, and Greg Buchalter and was a soloist of the Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1998–2003. Lately, her passion is German music by Wagner and Strauss.

Laura Farmer, soprano, 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 e 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. Ms. Farmer is happy to perform with One World Symphony once again after having sung the roles of Nyade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Frasquita (Carmen), and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare).

Adrienne Metzinger is a founding member, graphic designer, managing director, and stage director of One World Symphony. 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 then-Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association. 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 (Brangane), Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites (The First Prioress), Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), Barber’s Vanessa (The Baroness), Richard Strauss’s  Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) and  Elektra (Clytemnestra’s Trainbearer), Verdi’s  Otello (Emilia), Janácek’s  The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester’s Wife, Dog), Tchaikovsky’s  Eugene Onegin (Larina), and Handel’s  Giulio 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. Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann, Joan Dawidziak, and Stan Grill. Ms. Metzinger will sing Sibelius’s Kaiutar with world premiere orchestration by Sung Jin Hong in Legends from the North.

Soprano Jane Foster is pleased to return to One World Symphony singing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. In January 2012, Ms. Foster made her One World Symphony debut in Moonlight singing selections from Peter Grimes and the word premiere orchestration of Nacht und Träume (Schubert) by Sung Jin Hong. Ms. Foster has appeared in Europe and New York in numerous opera roles, making her European debut as Gilda (Rigoletto). She has appeared as Marguerite (Faust) , a role she “ interpreted to perfection,” La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La Traviata), Micaela (Carmen) and in concert, Elsa (Lohengrin). Equally at home on the recital stage, Ms. Foster is grateful to have had the opportunity to study Lieder with Elly Ameling. Ms. Foster’s Carnegie Hall recital debut was well received, with one critic saying, “her artistry enabled her to penetrate to the core of the song.” In addition to performing on stage, Ms. Foster enjoys recording. Her discography includes inspirational music, contemporary opera, and Broadway show tunes. She is proud of her independent research and recording project documenting the classical American Art Songs of Kathleen Lockhart Manning.

Emerging jugendliche dramatischer soprano Beverly Love is thrilled to sing with One World Symphony again after having made her debut in Moonlight singing selections from Peter Grimes. Her recent engagements have included Gertrude in New York Lyric Opera Theater’s production of Hansel and Gretel at Symphony Space; the Mistress in OperaWorks’s original pasticche, Pride and Promiscuity; and Elaisa in the North American premiere of Mercadante’s Il giuramento with Brooklyn’s OperaOggi, as well as the Countess in OperaOggi’s presentation of highlights of Le nozze di Figaro. She has also appeared frequently with Opera Avanti at Lang Hall in varied roles including Cora in Paulus’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra, and the title roles of Strauss’s Arabella and Lehar’s Giuditta. Ms. Love holds degrees in vocal performance from Abilene Christian and Southern Methodist Universities. Her upcoming projects include concerts with the Greater Atlanta Music Enrichment Program and selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Jesse Long Forum in Atlanta.

Soprano Courtenay Symonds has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “lively and capable” and by Opera Today as “scoring in both comedy and voice” for her portrayal of Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Recently specializing in modern American repertoire, she has performed the roles of Mag in Richard Wargo’s Ballymore: Winners, the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Anne in Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street, and Death as a Woman in the New York City premiere of Elodie Lauten’s The Death of Don Juan. In concert, Ms. Symonds performs regularly with vocal chamber music ensemble enCANTA Collective and has performed internationally with Austria’s Franz-Schubert-Institut, Les Nuits Musicales d’Été de Nice, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. A graduate of Westminster Choir College and Boston University, Ms. Symonds is thrilled to be singing with One World Symphony again as Niece 2 in Peter Grimes. Ms Symonds made her recent debut with One World Symphony’s Halloween program Mad Women as Elettra and joined the group again for Moonlight singing selections from Peter Grimes.

One World Symphony oboist and solo English hornist Ryan Walsh has performed with many orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Philharmonic, Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, Yakima Symphony, Amazonas Philharmonica, Wenatchee Symphony, Camerata New York, and Bermuda Philharmonic. Mr. Walsh traveled to Mexico with Cultures in Harmony to work with oboists from Mexico City’s youth orchestra program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Mannes College of Music where he studied with Thomas Stacy and earned his Master’s Degree at Mannes, studying with Sherry Sylar. He has participated in masterclasses given by Thomas Stacy, Eugene Izotov, Elaine Douvas, Sherry Sylar, Robert Botti, and Liang Wang. As the English horn soloist with One World Symphony, Mr. Walsh has performed Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, and Sibelius’s Swan of Tuonela.

Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street

Monday, March 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street