April 10, 2008 | 8pm | The Times Center | 242 West 41st Street

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The Performers


Kiera Duffy


Anna Polonsky

Solo Piano

Mike Daisey


Andrew Cyr

Artistic Director / Conductor
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The Composers

Ryan Francis


Maurice Ravel


Esa-Pekka Salonen


Eric Satie


David Bruce


On the Program

Metropolis Ensemble and Artistic Director/Conductor Andrew Cyr present the World Premiere performance of Piano Concerto by Metropolis Ensemble's Wet Ink Composer Resident Ryan Francis (b. 1981) featuring pianist Anna Polonsky.

Also on the program, three diverse masterpieces of the 20th Century that taken in as a whole, reveal a dramatic series of unfolding vistas of color and sensual images: Maurice Ravel's Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Five Images from Sappho with soprano Kiera Duffy, and Erik Satie's twenty brilliant thumbnail sketches, Sports et Divertissements, in an ingenious arrangement for chamber orchestra by London-based composer, David Bruce, and narrated by master storyteller, Mike Daisey.

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Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

for soprano and chamber orchestra

composed by Maurice Ravel, featuring soprano Kiera Duffy and the Metropolis Ensemble. Learn more...

Piano Concerto

for solo piano and chamber orchestra — world premiere

composed by Ryan Francis, Wet Ink Composer Resident, featuring Anna Polonsky on solo piano and the Metropolis Ensemble. Learn more...

Five Images from Sappho

for soprano and chamber orchestra

composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring soprano Kiera Duffy and the Metropolis Ensemble. Learn more...

Sports et Divertissements

for chamber orchestra and narrator

composed by Erik Satie, arranged by David Bruce, featuring narrator Mike Daisey and the Metropolis Ensemble. Learn more...


Piano Concerto is co-commission from the Metropolis Ensemble and the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. Metropolis Ensemble's Wet Ink and Youth Works programs are generously funded by the van Otterloo Foundation. Sports et Divertissements is commissioned for chamber orchestra by Metropolis Ensemble. Wine reception for all attendees at intermission, sponsored by SIMI Winery. Smithsonian Magazine is a proud supporter of Metropolis Ensemble.