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


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Metropolis Ensemble Spring Concert

Kiera Duffy, soprano
Anna Polonsky, solo piano
Mike Daisy, narrator
Andrew Cyr, artistic director / conductor


On the Program

Maurice Ravel: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
For soprano and chamber orchestra. Composed by Maurice Ravel, featuring soprano Kiera Duffy and the Metropolis Ensemble.

Ryan Francis: 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. Co-commission from the Metropolis Ensemble and the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. 

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Five Images from Sappho
For soprano and chamber orchestra. Composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring soprano Kiera Duffy and the Metropolis Ensemble.

Erik Satie: Sports et Divertissements
For chamber orchestra and narrator. Composed by Erik Satie, arranged by David Bruce, featuring narrator Mike Daisey and the Metropolis Ensemble.


About the Concert

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.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Anna Polonsky, solo piano
Kiera Duffy, soprano
Mike Daisy, narrator
Andrew Cyr, artistic director / conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, violin / concertmaster
Erin Keefe, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Michal Korman, cello
Rachel Calin, bass
Lance Suzuki, flute
Alex Sopp, flute
James Austin Smith, oboe / English horn
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
Sarah Beaty, clarinet
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Adam Krauthamer, horn
Caia LaCour, horn
Britton Matthew, percussion
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Steve Beck, piano