BrooklynVegan: 22 New Songs Out Today

“Wye Oak, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Metropolis Ensemble join together to perform a song-cycle written by composer William Brittelle, and a Wye Oak piece reimagined by Brittelle, on Spiritual America, due out May 3 via Nonesuch. The first single from the project, “Forbidden Colors,” places Jenn Wasner’s vocals over a multilayered chamber orchestra piece.”

New York Times: A Room-Size Painting Becomes a Cello Concerto About Versailles

Timo Andres’ piece, which features the cellist Inbal Segev performing with the Metropolis Ensemble, is based on John Vanderlyn’s “Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles” (1818-19), a massive painting on nearly 2,000 square feet of canvas that requires its own circular gallery in the Met’s American Wing. 

The Nation: The Genre of Post-Genre

William Brittelle has drawn from classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce music that is at once free-ranging and a thrill to experience.

Brooklyn Magazine: At Home with “Brownstone”: the Metropolis Ensemble Celebrates Ten Years

“Brownstone,” a fifteen-minute work by composer Jakub Ciupinski, first premiered in an actual brownstone—not a historic mansion—in 2010. Commissioned by the Metropolis Ensemble, it was first inspired by board member and artist Jennifer Salomon, who wanted to host a private concert in her Brooklyn home, one which stretched out over the house’s three floors.

New York Times: Review: David Kaplan Riffs on Schumann’s Spirit

Mr. Kaplan played “New Dances of the League of David,” a 60-minute suite that incorporates new miniatures by this 21st-century band of composers into Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze,” a project commissioned by Lyrica Chamber Music and Metropolis Ensemble.

HipHopDX: "Cousin" Review

“It’s a curious turn, but one that finds them as oddly whimsical and satisfying as ever.”

New York Times: A Haunting History Lesson With Your Hip-Hop

The musicians weren’t the same Roots band seen regularly on NBC’s “Tonight” show with Jimmy Fallon. They included the Metropolis Ensemble — the conductor Andrew Cyr, a string quartet and four singers — and the jazz pianist D. D. Jackson, who wrote dramatic, somberly dissonant arrangements for the ensemble.

NPR: Classical Lost And Found: The Versatile Sound Of Vivian Fung

Both soloists receive magnificent support from conductor Andrew Cyr and the Brooklyn-based Metropolis Ensemble, whose members not only turn in virtuosic performances, but follow their extracurricular instructions to the letter. Also, the recording engineers get a big gold star for a spectacular sounding disc.