February 16, 2006 / 8pm
Angel Orensanz Center / 172 Norfolk Street NYC
On the Program
Aaron Copland: Quiet City
featuring Elizabeth Kieronski and Travis Heath
Benjamin Britten: Serenade
featuring Daniel Neer and Alexander Gusev
David Schiff: Singing in the Dark
featuring Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, and Michael Sarin — New York premiere
About the Concert
For its sold-out debut concert, Metropolis Ensemble featured saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, "one of the premiere melodicists of his generation," (New York Times) in the New York premiere of David Schiff's Singing in the Dark.
Singing in the Dark, the centerpiece of the concert, is an "enthralling work" whose "music moves from a soulful incantation to a rhythmic dance, back to an even slower meditation based on fragments from the Jewish Day of Atonement services, to a song obliquely inspired by Duke Ellington" (David Stabler, The Oregonian). Schiff's music "suggests a Fourth Streamapproach, in which jazz crosses the line into postmodern, non-jazz compositional processes." (Downbeat) In collaboration with Artistic Director Andrew Cyr for this performance by the Metropolis Ensemble, Schiff has re-scored the work for string orchestra, upright bass, and rhythm section. The bass and percussion parts, like solo alto saxophone, combine composed and improvised passages woven into more traditional writing for strings.
Wine reception sponsored by Trentadue Winery.