April 6–7, 2014 / 6:30pm
Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker Street NYC


New Music by David Bruce, Chris Cerrone, Jakub Ciupinski, and Vivian Fung


Avi Avital, Mandolin
Mattias Jacobsson, Guitar
Bridget Kibbey, Harp
Quartet Senza Misura
Andrew Cyr, Artistic Director / Conductor


Kristin Lee, Violin / Leader
Siwoo Kim*, Violin
Francisco Fullana*, Violin
Ken Hamao, Violin
Elly Suh, Violin
Karen Kim, Violin
Danny Kim*, Viola
Jack Stulz, Viola
Caitlin Mary Lynch, Viola
Jay Campbell*, Cello
Hiro Matsuo, Cello
Rachel Calin, Bass
Britton Matthews, Percussion
Sean Statser, Percussion

* members of Quartet Senza Misura

On the Program

David Bruce: Cymbeline*
World premiere — for solo mandolin and string ensemble

Vivian Fung: Concerto for Harp**
New York premiere — for solo harp, strings, and percussion

Jakub Ciupinski: Concerto for Guitar***
World premiere — for guitar, strings, and electronics

Christopher Cerrone: High Windows
For solo string quartet and string ensemble

* Co-commission with Metropolis Ensemble and San Diego Symphony 
** Commissioned in consortium with Metropolis Ensemble (with funds generously provided by Paul and Elizabeth DeRosa), Alabama Symphony, Philips Collection, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Badisches Staatskapelle 
*** Commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble, with funds provided by The Augustine Foundation

About the Concert

Join Metropolis Ensemble and Artistic Director / Conductor Andrew Cyr for "Cymbeline," a chamber orchestra concert featuring premieres and new commissions from rising star composers David Bruce, Chris Cerrone, Jakub Ciupinski, Vivian Fung.

As part of our mission to create new platforms for leading, young performing artists to share their artistry in creative collaborations the freshest voices in composition, we are gathering together newly commissioned concerti for mandolin (Avi Avital), harp (Bridget Kibbey), guitar (Matias Jacobsson), and string quartet (Quartet Senza Misura), all performers who are re-imagining their instruments for new contexts and contemporary genres.

Pre-Concert Talk

Avi Avital and composer David Bruce offer a pre-concert performance and composer chat to discuss Bruce’s dynamic new work, Cymbelineand Avital’s new disc for Deutsche Grammophon Between Worlds. Avital will perform excerpts from Cymbeline and Between Worlds, illustrating how both projects have emerged out of Bruce and Avital's shared passion for music that crosses the borders between folk and classical. 

Cymbeline was written for Avital and its namesake is an old Celtic word meaning "Lord of the Sun." According to the composer, Cymbeline was inspired initally by the seemingly warm and golden color palette of mandolin and strings. Between Worlds, Avi Avital’s second disc for DG explores Bartók and de Falla, then travels from Georgian and Bulgarian folk dances to South American songs and Yiddish melodies.