METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

Time Travelers to Versailles

 

A MetLiveArts and Metropolis Ensemble Co-Production

 

Metropolis Ensemble and early-music ensemble TENET ("sheer joy for the listener", NY Times) collaborate with The Met in this playful program presenting musical responses inspired by Versailles's famous "mixture of work and play, splendor and filth, piety and license”. (Pierre Goubert), with World Premieres Metropolis Ensemble commissions by Caroline Shaw* and Timo Andres (featuring cellist Inbal Segev).

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The Met Fifth Avenue / 1000 Fifth Avenue / New York, NY
7:00pm
Tickets: $50


METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE:

Andrew Cyr, conductor/Artistic Director
with Inbal Segev, cello soloist

and

TENET

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano/Artistic Director
with
Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Marc Molomot, tenor


In addition to Charpentier’s delightful comedy, Les Plaisirs de Versailles, we will hear two world premieres highlighting the hold that Versailles has on the creative imagination: a World Premiere work for cello solo (Inbal Segev, cello) and chamber orchestra by composer Timo Andres, exploring vignettes, mirrors, and representations of Europe from the American point of view; and in a colorful twist, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw* will write a new piece combining voices with both period and modern instruments, using texts from 17th century travel diaries of visitors to France. The work will explore the world of Louis XIV's Versailles, with its constant flow of people, legendary opulence, and rigorous clockwork scheduling of daily life for the king.

*Funds generously provided by Paul and Elizabeth DeRosa


exhibition Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789)
on view at The Met April 16–July 29, 2018

Charles-Gabriel Sauvage, called Lemire pere (1741–1827). Figure of Louis XVI and Benjamin Franklin, 1780–85. Porcelain, 12 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 6 in. (32.4 x 24.1 x 15.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of William H. Huntington, 1883 (83.2.260)

A METLIVEARTS Production.


FEATURED COMPOSERS

 
 

FEATURED SOLOISTS

 
 

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE ARTISTS APPEARING:
Andrew Cyr, conductor/Artistic Director
Inbal Segev, cello soloist

Katie Hyun*, violin
Rachel Lee Priday, violin
Jennifer Liu, violin
Brian Hong, violin
Yoshihiko Nakano, viola
Caitlin-Mary Lynch, viola
Michael Katz, cello
Sohia Nowik, cello
Nathan Chase, double bass
Ashley Jackson, harp
Imri Talgam, piano
Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
Emi Ferguson, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet
Brad Balliett, bassoon
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
Laura Weiner, french horn
Michael Lormand, trombone

*Concertmaster

TENET ARTISTS APPEARING:

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Abigail Lennox-Hanyes, chorus soprano
Elisa Sutherland, chorus mezzo-soprano
Beth Wenstrom, violin
Johanna Novom, violin
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Wen Yang, violone
Hank Heijink, theorbo
Jeff Grossman, harpsichord