The New York Times describes 'almost by accident' concert assembled by Andrew Cyr '96
New York Times music critic Allan Kozinnn describes how the Metropolis Ensemble, whose artistic director is Andrew Cyr ’96, went from its “natural state” as a chamber orchestra specializing in new music to being “an umbrella group” for a one-night benefit concert for Haiti. The concert featured instrumental soloists, chamber ensembles, singers and composers. Held at Le Poisson Rouge, the concert came together “almost by accident,” Kozinn writes. “Three weeks ago Le Poisson Rouge invited Andrew Cyr…to assemble a program for Valentine’s Day, and at first Mr. Cyr doubted that there was sufficient time. But after watching news reports about the earthquake, he resolved to round up as many musicians as he could for a benefit concert. All told, 26 works of various lengths were performed, most contemporary and eclectic, with standard repertory pieces cropping up on occasion.” View story from The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2010.