September 27, 2016 / 8pm
Angel Orensanz Foundation / 172 Norfolk Street NYC

One night, ten years in the making

Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble celebrates a decade of innovation in music with a roving party inspired by John Cage’s “Musicircus.” You have shared ten years of belief, participation, passion, and generosity in making Metropolis what it is today so we wish to give back with an unforgettable birthday celebration gathering of all our Metropolis family, friends, and artists — and announce a bold new vision for the future of our entire community!!

Under the artistic direction of conductor Andrew Cyr, in collaboration with composers Paula Matthusen and Ricardo Romaneiro, Celebrate — Metropolis Turns Ten, will be a multi-sensorial experience of cascading musical performances, sound installations, and spontaneous group performances. Drawing inspiration from Cage's, "Everything at once and all together", revelers will be immersed in innovative lighting design, projection mapping, and performance art. Wine will flow, sponsored by the award-winning Miro Cellars. Finally, an after-party will feature a set by multi-faceted singer-songwriter and Metropolis collaborator, Emily Wells. Celebrate with Metropolis September 27! 

Metropolis Archives: Metropolis 10th Anniversary Celebration


Paula Matthusen, Composer
Ricardo Romaneiro, Composer
Emily Wells, Singer-Songwriter
Du Yun, Composer
Matthew Evan Taylor, Composer / Saxophone
Andrew Cyr, Conductor

Production Team

Leo Leite, Sound Engineer
John Houle, Lighting Design
Christian Hannon, Visuals


Kati Agocs, Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, Brad Balliett, Christopher Cerrone, Jakub Ciupinski, Anna Clyne, Elliot Cole, David Bruce, John Cage, Molly Joyce, Ray Lustig, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, Niccolo Paganini, Ricardo Romaneiro, Frederic Rzewski, Caroline Shaw, Matthew Evan Taylor, DD Jackson, Ryan Francis, Vivian Fung, and Du Yun


Timo Andres, Piano 
Brad Balliett, Bassoon 
Ashley Bathgate, Cello 
Andrea Casarrubios, Cello 
Vasko Dukovski, Clarinet 
Emi Ferguson, Flute 
Francisco Fullana, Violin 
Jonathan Greenberg, Bass Trombone 
Ariadne Greif, Soprano 
Conor Hanick, Violin 
Bert Hill, French Horn 
DD Jackson, Piano 
Ashley Jackson, Harp 
Jacqui Kerrod, Harp 
Siwoo Kim, Violin 
Karen Kim, Violin 
Ayane Kozasa, Viola 
Kristin Lee, Violin 
Sean Lee, Violin 
Caitlin Mary Lynch, Viola 
Britton Matthew, Percussion 
Brian Olsen, Trumpet 
Rachel Lee Priday, Violin 
Ian Rosenbaum, Percussion 
Leia Slosberg, Flute 
Emily Smith, Violin 
Sean Statser, Percussion 
Terry Sweeney, Percussion 
Matthew Evan Taylor, Saxophones 
Caleb van der Swaagh, Cello 
Henry Wang, Violin 
Laura Weiner, French Horn 
Emily Wells, Singer-Songwriter

On the Program

Select and new works by many of Metropolis Ensemble's collaborators past and present, including World Premiere works composed for the occasion by Ryan Francis, Paula Matthusen, Ricardo Romaneiro, Matthew Evan Taylor, and more. With special performances by: Timo Andres, piano, Kristen Lee, violin/concertmaster, Jakub Ciupinski, theremins, Conor Hanick, piano, Ashley Bathgate, cello, Ian Rosenbaum, percussion, Brad Balliett, bassoon, Sean Lee, violin, Emily Wells, singer-songwriter, Matthew Evan Taylor, saxophone, and DD Jackson, pianist/improvisor/composer, and more.

The Venue

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 by a group of artists who were inspired by the work of sculptor Angel Orensanz. In a short period of time it has affirmed itself as a strong anchor of the visual and performing arts in New York. Well-established institutions such as the PS I Museum; The Goethe Institute, New York; the Italian Cultural Institute; New York University; Columbia University; Princeton University and the National Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, as well as independent artists from all over the world develop here educational and artistic projects. Over the years the Foundation has been able to forge strong alliances with the music, movie, and fashion industries of the US, Germany, England, and Latin America.


Major funding for "Celebrate: Metropolis Ensemble Turns Ten" was generously provided by The Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, with special thanks to Annabelle Garrett, Andrew Gundlach and June Wu.