Celebrating Octogenarian Composers

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Next week, the eightieth birthdays of two very different composers are celebrated in New York. On March 3rd, New York New Music Ensemble fetes English composer Harrison Birtwistle with a portrait concert at the DiMenna Center (details here). Cygnus Ensemble and several soloists perform the music of Mario Davidovsky on the 4th at Merkin Concert Hall (details here). While Birtwistle is best known for his stage works and Davidovsky is known for his Synchronisms, music for electronic tape and soloists, both have written compelling chamber music and this is what will be the focus of these two events. Happy birthday to them both!

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