Gabriel Kahane/Elizabeth and the Catapult @ Littlefield
Raising the Bar

Metropolis Ensemble: Renderings

DSC04826Metropolis Ensemble opened their season last night with a concert at the Angel Orensanz Center, featuring three brand new works that used older music as their starting off point. Ray Lustig's "Compose Thyself" was based on a Bach Cantata, while Timo Andres performed a startling new completion of Mozart's "Coronation" Piano Concerto (which he played himself.) For me, the most accessible and enjoyable piece was Vivian Fung's Violing Concerto, which was supposedly based on Balinese gamelan music, but also brought to mind both of John Adams' works for violin and orchestra: the Violin Concerto and The Dharma at Big Sur. A fresh, engaging way to start off the season.