Ryan Francis World Premiere: High Line

December 1, 2010 4:05 pm 0 comments

The High Line in New York City, the inspiration for Ryan Francis' new work.

Metropolis composer Ryan Francis was recently selected as the winner of an exciting commission from the American Composers Orchestra and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on the theme of “A Greener New York City.” Francis’ new work “High Line” draws its inspiration from the popular New York City Park, The High Line, as a reflection on “the city’s industrial past and a more environmentally sustainable future.”

The work is drawing praise ahead of its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on December 3, 2010 (7:30pm): “triumphant… fresh and vital… innovative and original.” Renaud Dutreil, chair of LVMH shared his compliments to Francis:

“I was immediately moved by the vibrant work that seemed both familiar and revolutionary, much like the feeling one gets when walking on the unique High Line. Francis’ triumphant sound effectively captures the vibrancy and excitement of this great green public space and, when performed, is a celebration of not only the park and the city, but also of Art de Vivre.”

Francis will be featured at the ACO concert Orchestra Underground alongside other composers whose works capture “a time and place” including Charles Ives, Jerome Kitzke, Douglas Cuomo, and Christopher Trapani. Listen to Ryan discuss the inspiration behind his new work:

Experience the world premiere of “High Line” this Friday, December 3 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Tickets and information…

Update: Ryan Francis and “High Line” is featured today in The Wall Street Journal for his debut of “High Line.” Ryan also curated music selections today on Columbia University’s WKCR FM “Morning Classical” program.

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