Classical music repertoire is a curious paradox; the most performer and audience zeal is usually for famous pieces that date back centuries, not ambitious and (often) more technically demanding fare by current composers. It’s ageism, this Vivaldi conspiracy! The upstart Metropolis Ensemble does its civic duty by commissioning bold new works by young composers and pairing them with some of the best young musicians in the city; each concert offers a reinvention of the genre as old-world precision meets modern-day influences of jazz, rock, folk, and more. Their recent Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and Wordless Music collaborations had baroque enthusiasts buzzing; two nights at the glamorous LPR offer scores of potential.
Thu., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 17, 2009