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  • Metropolis Ensemble made its Nonesuch Records debut on the 2013 album with composer/pianist Timo Andres, Home Stretch. Dedicated to creating a future for classical music that is of and for the time we live in, Metropolis Ensemble’s driving force is its founder, Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr. Engaging a unique collaborative process among its core artists and composers, Metropolis Ensemble exists to support outstanding ascending contemporary classical performers and composers through the creation of new work, often engaging them with other bleeding-edge cultural innovators and artists.

    Metropolis Ensemble has serves as an incubator and innovator of new platforms for emerging composers and performers to present new work. Metropolis Ensemble, described by The Washington Post as "a prominent influence in the world of newly emerging music," has commissioned 150+ works of music from a dynamic mix of emerging composers. New music projects conceived and developed by Metropolis Ensemble have been presented by Hollywood Bowl, The Met Museum, Celebrate Brooklyn, Creative Time, Lincoln Center's “Out of Doors” and “American Songbook” series, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, BAM’s Opera House (Next Wave Festival), (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Wordless Music Series, The Public Theater, The Phillips Collection, and The Morgan Library. In 2013, Metropolis made its Off-Broadway debut with a new children’s opera by David Bruce at New Victory Theatre, produced in collaboration with The Royal Opera House of London II and The Opera Group. Through these performances Metropolis Ensemble has garnered a reputation for presenting what Esa-Pekka Salonen described as “new music played with the same kind of panache and bravura we usually experience only in performances of standard repertoire." Embodying the fluidity of today’s music scene, Metropolis Ensemble has also collaborated with a wide array of artists who defy classification, including Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Deerhoof, San Fermin, Ragnar Kjartansson and Emily Wells. In 2014, Metropolis Ensemble performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon alongside the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots.

    Metropolis Ensemble has won national and international recognition for its three studio recordings, including Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for Best Classical Composition in 2013 for Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto (Kristin Lee, solo violin), a work the Ensemble commissioned. In 2010, Metropolis received its first Classical Nomination Grammy Award for Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto, with soloist Avi Avital and in 2014, producer David Frost received a Classical Producer of the Year Grammy Award for work that included Home Stretch. Metropolis also appeared with The Roots on their last two critically acclaimed albums “and then you shoot your cousin” and "Undun" and recently was featured on an album with singer-songwriter Emily Wells.

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Fri, Nov 22
Eau Claire, WI
Fri, Nov 22
Eau Claire, WI
Sat, Nov 23
Eau Claire, WI
Sat, Nov 23
Eau Claire, WI
Mon, Dec 2
New York, NY
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
Mon, Dec 2
New York, NY
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
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Metropolis Ensemble made its Nonesuch Records debut on the 2013 album with composer/pianist Timo Andres, Home Stretch. Dedicated to creating a future for classical music that is of and for the time we live in, Metropolis Ensemble’s driving force is its founder, Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr. Engaging a unique collaborative process among its core artists and composers, Metropolis Ensemble exists to support outstanding ascending contemporary classical performers and composers through the creation of new work, often engaging them with other bleeding-edge cultural innovators and artists.

Metropolis Ensemble has serves as an incubator and innovator of new platforms for emerging composers and performers to present new work. Metropolis Ensemble, described by The Washington Post as "a prominent influence in the world of newly emerging music," has commissioned 150+ works of music from a dynamic mix of emerging composers. New music projects conceived and developed by Metropolis Ensemble have been presented by Hollywood Bowl, The Met Museum, Celebrate Brooklyn, Creative Time, Lincoln Center's “Out of Doors” and “American Songbook” series, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, BAM’s Opera House (Next Wave Festival), (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Wordless Music Series, The Public Theater, The Phillips Collection, and The Morgan Library. In 2013, Metropolis made its Off-Broadway debut with a new children’s opera by David Bruce at New Victory Theatre, produced in collaboration with The Royal Opera House of London II and The Opera Group. Through these performances Metropolis Ensemble has garnered a reputation for presenting what Esa-Pekka Salonen described as “new music played with the same kind of panache and bravura we usually experience only in performances of standard repertoire." Embodying the fluidity of today’s music scene, Metropolis Ensemble has also collaborated with a wide array of artists who defy classification, including Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Deerhoof, San Fermin, Ragnar Kjartansson and Emily Wells. In 2014, Metropolis Ensemble performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon alongside the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots.

Metropolis Ensemble has won national and international recognition for its three studio recordings, including Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for Best Classical Composition in 2013 for Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto (Kristin Lee, solo violin), a work the Ensemble commissioned. In 2010, Metropolis received its first Classical Nomination Grammy Award for Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto, with soloist Avi Avital and in 2014, producer David Frost received a Classical Producer of the Year Grammy Award for work that included Home Stretch. Metropolis also appeared with The Roots on their last two critically acclaimed albums “and then you shoot your cousin” and "Undun" and recently was featured on an album with singer-songwriter Emily Wells.

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Tour

Fri, Nov 22
Eau Claire, WI
Fri, Nov 22
Eau Claire, WI
Sat, Nov 23
Eau Claire, WI
Sat, Nov 23
Eau Claire, WI
Mon, Dec 2
New York, NY
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
Mon, Dec 2
New York, NY
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
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