Adrienne Metzinger-HongAdrienne Ayers Metzinger-Hong

Birth Place: Rochester, NY

Education: Alfred University School of Art and Design

 

One World Symphony Vocalist, Managing Director, Graphic Designer

1. Are any of your family members musicians? If so, what do they do?
My Aunt Corinne is a singer/pianist and has also been known to play sax and guitar. My brother played the trumpet for a good number of years. My dad had a banjo and could play "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley" and "Buffalo Gals" and my grandfather always sang ditties. My mother, while although not a musician, constantly surrounded us with music. You wake up, the radio is on... we come home from the grocery store... the first thing, before putting the groceries away was to put on the stereo. There was a radio or stereo in every room in our house, inside and outside.

2. What has been the highlight of your One World Symphony career to date?
Well... this is REALLY easy! The highlight for me was after our Town Hall Debut (which was a highlight in istself) when Sung Jin completely threw me off-guard and proposed to me in front of over 1,500 people!! But I have also really enjoyed my recent performances with group: Emilia in Otello, Cornelia in Julius Caesar and singing the Aïda chorus.

3. What would you say is your favorite piece of music?
I don't thhink this an easy question for a person to answer let alone a musician! I love to listen to Ella Fitzgerald and can do so for hours. I love Rachmaninoff, Mahler and Beethoven. I love Strauss's Four Last Songs. I love Coldplay, U2, The Rolling Stones, and Barenaked Ladies. I love Christmas music. It is like an additction. I start sneaking Christmasy music in the mix, like The Nutcracker, in early November.

4. What's the best thing about One World Symphony?
I am very proud of this organization. I always find it amazing how it started as a Holiday Concert in 2000 (hmm... I wonder whose idea that was?) with a chamber choir, a string quartet, one flute, one clarinet, and piano and that it has grown into what it is today. I am proud that we have created an atmosphere where musicians don't immediately rush off at the end of rehearsal and hang out and talk. It has really developed into a very family-like atmosphere where musicians all there "for the love of the game"... and maybe just a little bit because of the Thai food...

5. What music do you listen to in the car or subway?
I fight with Sung Jin in the car over this. For the most part I have a hard time listening to classical music when I am driving. I need to sing along to something with lyrics (other than opera... opera REALLY makes me nuts when I am driving!) The exceptions is on rainy Sundays and drives on beautiful fall days. Generally, I listen to classic rock in the car.

I almost never listen to music in the subway unless I am trying to learn a new piece... or I am listening to a recent voice coaching of mine... usually very critically.

6. What is your favorite drink?
How can you even ask a Metzinger this? Most assuredly a Metzinger will jump to the conclusion that you mean alchoholic... even though there are plenty of perfectly good non-alchoholic beverages out there... tea... juice... water... well whatever I LOVE WINE. All wine. All champagne.

But by far the BEST drink I have ever had is a Sake Frozen Margarita from China Rose in Rhinecliff, NY. It is like heaven. The smoothest... most balanced drink. Just so good.

7. What was the most recent book you read?
The most recent book that I actually completed was actually a trilogy of books, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials. But right now I am half-way through RE-reading Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. I like to read Harry Potter in the summer... and I didn't get my fix with a new book this year... so I am just gonna go back and recap.

8. When you do have some free time, how do you relax?
I don't get free time. Ever. I don't know how to relax. I guess I would have to say the closest I get is fallling asleep on the subway.

9. If you had the opportunity to time travel, when and where would you prefer to live?
I don't think I would go into the future. I much more interested in the past. I would like to go back into old New York. Walk down a street and observe an ordinary day.

10. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
A more focused graphic designer.

11. Why would you recommend to other musicians and public to participate with One World Symphony?
I would recommend One World because of its high, high level of music making and the family-like atmosphere.

12. What are your hobbies?
I still don't have time for hobbies. I wish that I had time to draw and paint again... and maybe dance. I danced for many years and played the violin. I miss those things.