Metropolis Ensemble and The Phillips Camerata

May 25, 2014, 4 pm

Music Room

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Metropolis Ensemble (Andrew Cyr, conductor)
in collaboration with
The Phillips Camerata
Quartet Senza Misura
and soloist Bridget Kibbey

The NYC-based Metropolis Ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, will partner with The Phillips Camerata to perform the Washington premiere of Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto with soloist and Camerata member Bridget Kibbey. Also on the program are works by American iconoclasts Steve Reich and Elliott Carter and talented young American composers Nathan Shields and Christopher Cerrone, featuring the acclaimed Quartet Senza Misura.

Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto is jointly commissioned by the the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, the Metropolis Ensemble, The Phillips Collection, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.


Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984)
High Windows for solo string quintet plus string ensemble

Steve Reich (b. 1936)
Duet for two violins and strings

Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
Bariologe for solo harp

Nathan Shields  (b. 1983)
Tenebrae for harp and string quartet

Vivian Fung  (b. 1975)
Concerto for harp, percussion, and string

Vivian Fung, composer

With music described as “evocative” by The New York Times, Vivian Fung has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice, whose music often merges Western formswith non-Western influences such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from minority regions of China.

Bridget Kibbey, harp

Lauded for her virtuosity and artistry that broadens the scope of the harp, Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it” (The New York Times).

Metropolis Ensemble

Metropolis Ensemble is a professional chamber orchestra and ensemble dedicated to making classical music in its most contemporary forms. Led by Andrew Cyr, Metropolis Ensemble gathers today’s most outstanding emerging composers and young artists to produce unique, innovative concert experiences.

Andrew Cyr, conductor

Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr is a leader in the rapidly growing contemporary music scene. His passion for creating platforms for outstanding emerging composers and performing artists to make new music led him to found Metropolis Ensemble in 2006.

The Phillips Camerata

Now in its third season, The Phillips Camerata continues to carry the Phillips name and remarkable musical history into the concert circuit. Comprised of a flexible roster of leading instrumentalists from the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York areas, the Camerata offers a range of performances throughout the season. Representing the Camerata in this performance are Bridget Kibbey, harp, David Teie, cello, and Jeffrey Weisner, bass.

Quartet Senza Misura

Formed by four exciting new faces in the classical music scene (Siwoo Kim and Francisco Fullana, violins, Daniel Kim, viola, and Jay Cambell, cello), Quartet Senza Misura promotes the music of our time while infusing renewed vitality to the standard repertory.

Kristin Lee and the Metropolis Ensemble performs Vivian Fung's Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.