September 15, 2011   |   7pm cocktails and light dinner reception   |   8pm concert

Angel Orensanz Center   |   172 Norfolk Street   |   New York, NY

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The Composers

Timothy Andres


Vivian Fung


Ray Lustig


The Performers

Andrew Cyr

Artistic Director / Conductor

Kristin Lee

Solo Violin

Jolle Greenleaf


Timothy Andres

Solo Piano


Guest Vocal Ensemble

Season Opening Concert
and Celebration

Join Metropolis Ensemble and 'wichcraft for an evening of music, food, and wine in a stunning setting. Experience new works inspired by classical lyricism in their most contemporary forms by resident composers Timothy Andres, Vivian Fung, and Ray Lustig. Also featuring the acclaimed vocal ensemble TENET and soprano Jolle Greenleaf, concert violinist Kristin Lee, and Timothy Andres, solo piano.

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Light dinner and hors d'oeuvres generously sponsored by:


On the Program

Ray Lustig: Compose Thyself

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano; TENET, guest vocal ensemble — world premiere

In the spirit of composers during the Baroque era, who frequently re-purposed existing music, composer Raymond J. Lustig has taken a cantata by Bach of which only the soprano part remains and woven a completely new work around it. Bach's solo line will be performed by soprano Jolle Greenleaf with additional vocals by TENET, one of New York's preeminent vocal ensembles. Learn more...

Vivian Fung: Violin Concerto

Kristin Lee, solo violin — world premiere

Inspired by the shimmering energy of the Balinese gamelan, Vivian Fung has written a violin concerto that draws on sights, sounds, and memories of Bali. Ms. Fung's concerto joins exotic sounds and harmonies, exultant rhythms and intense lyricism into a work that imaginatively explores a world at the other end of our own. Learn more...

Andres/Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 "Coronation"

Timothy Andres, solo piano — encore performance

The score to Mozart's 26th piano concerto is missing most of the left-hand piano part. Metropolis Ensemble commissioned composer/pianist Timothy Andres in 2010 to re-imagine the entire left-hand part in his own 21st Century style. The premiere was described by music critic Alex Ross as "startling... mesmerizing... a fine display of creative bravado." Learn more...

Compose Thyself is a Metropolis Ensemble commission with funds provided by New York State Council on the Arts. Violin Concerto is a Metropolis Ensemble commission with funds generously provided by the De Rosa Foundation. Piano Concerto No. 26 "Coronation" is a Metropolis Ensemble 2010 commission.

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