Live Performance

When students know that their music is going to be performed by professional musicians it creates an excitement that builds enthusiasm and heightens the meaningfulness of their work. It gives them the true experience of being a composer. Our artists-in-residence Metropolis Ensemble perform each students piece.   

Metropolis Ensemble
 Metropolis Ensemble under the direction of the Grammy Nominated conductor Andrew Cyr,  is a professional chamber orchestra based in New York City. Dedicated to emerging a new generation of composers and performers, Metropolis Ensemble has quickly established a reputation for presenting “new music played with the same kind of panache and bravura we usually experience only in performances of standard repertoire.” (Esa-Pekka Salonen).

Live Performance Details

Participants of the Live Performance option will receive two visits to their school from Metropolis Ensemble. Visit 1 occurs approximately half way through the workshop and each workshop concludes with a return by the musicians for a public concert of each student’s piece.

Workshop Visit 1
 Metropolis will visit participant’s schools twice during the course of each workshop. The first visit is an opportunity for students to hear portions of their work and to learn about the instruments for which they are writing.  Students are encouraged to engage with the musicians asking questions and giving information about their piece. It’s also a chance for students to make creative choices as they hear how their music played by live performers sounds different than from computerized playback.

Public Concert Performance
 Each Workshop concludes with a public concert performance of each student’s piece. The entire school community including families are invited to attend the concert. Student write composer program notes for the concert program and each concert is documented with a professional recording and photographs.

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 Participants can compose for 6 instruments. Instrumentation is flexible within the typical chamber music instrumentation: violin, cello, clarinet, flute, horn, viola, bass, percussion, trumpet, bassoon etc. A typical first composition might be scored for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, bassoon and french horn.

Student Performers
 We encourage students who play an instrument to compose a part for themselves to play with Metropolis Ensemble. This deepens the connection between performing and composing music in a very powerful way! Student may perform on any instrument.

What if you teach outside of the NYC area?
 If your school is not located near New York City you can still have your student’s piece performed and recorded. Participate in our remote live simulcasts by the 30-piece Western European Symphony Orchestra.  Learn More about Live Simulcasts

More About Metropolis Ensemble

Andrew Cyr 
Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr is a leader in the rapidly growing contemporary music scene. Recent engagements conducting Metropolis Ensemble include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Celebrate Brooklyn, and The Wordless Music Series. In 2011, Cyr made his conducting debut at The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall as part of Philadelphia’s International Festival of the Arts and in 2013 will direct performances of a new opera by David Bruce with The Royal Opera House of London and Opera North. Cyr has collaborated with a diverse list of critically acclaimed indie-rock, hip-hop, and jazz artists including Deerhoof, Ahmir Questlove Thompson and The Roots, Keren Ann, Babx, Nicole Atkins, and David Murray. A native of Fort Kent, Maine, Cyr holds music degrees from Bates College, the French National Conservatory, and Westminster Choir College.

  • “Metropolis Ensemble is a great addition to the U.S. music scene.”

    -Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor, London Philharmonia

  • “Andrew Cyr and his virtuosic Metropolis Ensemble are the future of what we know as classical music. Their approach is fresh, and so is their music making. New ideas on presenting older music are combined with definitive performances of music by today’s younger composers.”

    -John Corigliano, Pulizter Prize Winning Composer

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