For their second Metropolis concert, the MSO teamed up with The Song Company to take us from sweeping urban vistas right down into the streets of renaissance Paris and London. Emerging from this program was a double-sided view of the city as the source and solution to specifically urban problems. But first Australia’s new music dream team The Letter String Quartet treated the audience milling around the MRC foyer to excerpts from Wally Gunn’s moody work Blood. Perched in a window opening out onto the city night, the foyer concert introduced a welcome buzz to the cultural bunker that is Southbank. If TLSQ’s stylistic range—from artpop ballads to arch contemporary string writing—is anything to


" the Berio: unflappably fluent, sensibly shading in their dynamics, spellbindingly confident in negotiating the composer's rasping dissonances." The middle concert in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's contributions to this year's Metropolis New Music Festival featured a hefty dose of American creativity. Conductor Robert Spano​ from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presented two works written for his orchestra, both three-movement constructs depicting aspects of the Georgian capital: its graffiti, CBD, parks and streams, and its main thoroughfare, Peachtree Street. Not exactly new, Copland's Music for a Great City sprang from the soundtrack to a 1961 film, Something Wild, the composer a