About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:5:00 PM
Show Time:6:00 PM
New Music by David Bruce, Chris Cerrone, Jakub Ciupinski, Vivian Fung
Seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing: $15 advance, $20 day of show
VIP Opera Box: $75
Cymbeline — David Bruce — For solo mandolin and string ensemble (World premiere)
Concerto for Harp — Vivian Fung — For solo harp, strings, and percussion (NY premiere)
Concerto for Guitar — Jakub Ciupinski — For guitar, strings, and electronics (World premiere)
High Windows — Chris Cerrone — For solo string quartet and string ensemble
FREE standing room tickets are available for students with valid id. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line METROPOLIS to secure a spot.
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Metropolis Ensemble is a New York–based chamber orchestra dedicated to making classical music in its most contemporary forms. Founded in 2006 by conductor Andrew Cyr, Metropolis Ensemble has commissioned 96 works of music from a dynamic mix of emerging composers. Metropolis Ensemble has been presented by Lincoln Center, BAM, Celebrate Brooklyn!, (le) Poisson Rouge, Carnegie’s Weill Music Institute, New Victory Theater (in collaboration with ROH II and The Opera Group), Wordless Music, and in broadcasts on NPR and NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In 2013, Metropolis Ensemble’s recording of Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto (Kristin Lee, solo violin) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for Best Classical Composition. The Ensemble’s debut album, featuring the music of Avner Dorman, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010. Metropolis Ensemble is equally dedicated to fostering music creativity in its local school communities through its education program Youth Works.
Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr is a leader in the rapidly growing contemporary music scene. His passion for creating platforms for outstanding emerging composers and performing artists to make new music led him to found Metropolis Ensemble in 2006. A multifaceted musician, Cyr has led performances with a number of internationally known musical artists who defy classification, including Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Deerhoof, and Babx. Recent engagements include his debut with the Colorado Symphony in 2013, his off-Broadway debut at New Victory Theatre conducting a new opera by David Bruce, and his debut at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall as part of Philadelphia’s International Festival of the Arts. Cyr’s latest studio album with Metropolis was released in July on Nonesuch Records, featuring the music of Timo Andres. A native of Fort Kent, Maine, Cyr holds music degrees from Bates College, the French National Conservatory, and Westminster Choir College.
GRAMMY-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial young musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and new repertoire. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Avital released his first recording for the label BACH – with a second release, Between Worlds slated for January 2014.
Part of Deutsche Grammophon’s first Yellow Lounge performance in the U.S., Avital performed at the 2013 SXSW Festival and toured New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. He was a guest of the Colorado and San Diego Symphony Orchestras and in residency at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and debuted at the Aspen Music Festival. Additional debuts will be Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Vancouver Recital Society’s Vancouver Playhouse and the Savannah Music Festival.
A graduate of the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini, Avital is a Salon De Virtuosi grant recipient. He has been profiled for radio stations around the world including NPR’s All Things Considered and WNYC’s Soundcheck.
Lauded for her virtuosity and artistry that broadens the scope of the harp, BRIDGET KIBBEY “makes it seem as thought her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it (New York Times).”
She is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild’s International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Bridget’s debut album, Love is Come Again,was named one of 2007′s Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw, on a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Bridget recently completed her newest solo album, The Bridge Project, a celebration of solo harp works that celebrate the rich cultural fabric that makes up the United States, with Dawn Upshaw as special guest. This season Bridget records on Placido Domingo’s next solo album, with producer Robert Sadin. Ms. Kibbey’s solo performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, on New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’sCrossover, WXII’s Backstage Pass, and on television in A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.
Highlights of the season include a five-orchestra consortium world premiere of a harp concerto by Juno-Award winning composer Vivian Fung alongside Debussy’s Danses Sacreé et Profane and Tailleferre’s Concertino with the Alabama Symphony, Karlsruhe Baatische Symphoniker, The Phillips Collection with the Phillips Camerata, San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble. She returns to the Savannah Music Festival as soloist with members of the Atlanta Symphony, makes her debut at the Pelotas Festival in Brazil, will be featured in French Masterworks with the Chamber Music Society on tour and at Lincoln Center, and with Ian Bostridge in duo at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She is on the harp faculties of Bard Conservatory, New York University, and the Juilliard Pre-College program.
Mattias Jacobsson made his recital debut at age seventeen and has since released a recording and performed in concerto, chamber and recital settings.
His recording Invocación (Avie), explores the Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega’s influences, original work and legacy; from the inspiration that Chopin had on Tárrega’s musical output, through to his pupils Miguel Llobet and Emilio Pujol.
2014 sees the premieres of two concertos written for Mattias; by Jakub Ciupiński and Ryan Francis, with Metropolis Ensemble and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble respectively. This year also includes recitals in Sweden with violinist Ernő Kállai.
In 2013, Mattias recorded Come, Heavy Sleep, ‘Slow and quiet’, from Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland Op.70, in a collaboration between Albert Augustine and the Metropolitan Museum; he performed the work at Strathmore that year, during the centennial celebrations of Benjamin Britten.
Mattias has performed at the Uppsala International Guitar Festival, recorded and broadcast by Swedish Radio, and with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He has performed on radio in the United States for NPR and WQXR, and recorded for Spanish Television in Madrid, where he also performed at the prison Soto del Real.
Born near Stockholm, Sweden, Mattias began playing the guitar with Erik Möllerström in the Nacka Municipal School of Music, where he studied between 1994 and 2003. Erik Möllerström is a pupil of Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, and a pioneer in bringing the Tárrega guitar tradition to Sweden. At fifteen, Mattias enrolled at Södra Latins Gymnasium, studying with Bo Hansson between 2000 and 2003; followed by studies with Göran Söllscher and Gunnar Spjuth at the Malmö Academy of Music (2003-2006); and with Sharon Isbin, Mary Anthony Cox in Ear Training and Kendall Durelle Briggs in Harmony at the Juilliard School (2006-2008). He has also received private and Masterclass instruction from Marco Socías, and Masterclass instruction from Oscar Ghiglia and Roland Dyens. Mattias plays strings by Albert Augustine, on a 1971 Ignacio Fleta e hijos guitar.
Formed by four exciting new faces in the classical music scene (Siwoo Kim and Francisco Fullana, violins, Daniel Kim, viola, and Jay Cambell, cello), Quartet Senza Misura promotes the music of our time while infusing renewed vitality to the standard repertory. Although recent in its conception, Senza Misura has already taken its “whip-smart” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) performances to renowned venues such as The Stone, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center. Recent highlights include a collaboration with pianist Jerome Lowenthal for The Juilliard School’s Tribute Concert for Samuel Adler’s 85th birthday and a tour in South Korea with violist Richard O’Neill. Strongly believing in spreading the joy of making music, the quartet has given a series of performances and masterclasses at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.