In Tuesday’s (2/16) New York Times, Allan Kozinn writes, “In its natural state, the Metropolis Ensemble is a chamber orchestra that specializes in new music, mostly by young composers. But for ‘Love Letters to Haiti,’ its Sunday evening concert at Le Poisson Rouge, Metropolis was really an umbrella group that brought together instrumental soloists, chamber ensembles, singers and a few composers for a benefit performance for Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care in Haiti (and elsewhere), and is currently working with victims of the Haitian earthquake. … The players donated their services, and Le Poisson Rouge donated the space, with all ticket proceeds going to the cause. Jennifer Solomon, an artist, designed T-shirts for the event, and donated them as well (they were sold for $20 at the club), and Mr. Cyr donated a stack of his ensemble’s new CD on Naxos, devoted to the works of Avner Dorman. All told, 26 works of various lengths were performed, most contemporary and eclectic, with standard repertory pieces cropping up on occasion. … Just before the closing Tallis-Bruce piece, Mr. Cyr said that the concert had raised more than $6,000.”

Posted February 17, 2010