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Music for your birthday, maestro

Happy 60th Birthday, Dmitry Sitkovetsky! To help celebrate the Greensboro Symphony music director’s milestone last weekend, UNCG hosted a sold-out concert at the Music Building Recital Hall. Others enjoyed a livestream in another part of the building.

The concert was quite a celebration.

And Dr. Mark Engebretson celebrated his own birthday as well – his 50th – as he honored “Maestro Dima” with the premier of a new composition, “Beholder.”

Engebretson is associate professor of Composition and Electronic Music. He is the recipient of the 2011 North Carolina Artist Fellowship in Composition and the 2014 Barlow Commission, and has received major commissions from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation and the Thomas S. Kenan Center for the Arts. He is the founder of the UNCG New Music Festival.

A poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, two poems by Scuppernong Books co-founder Brian Lampkin and a Russian translation of Rilke’s poem by Boris Pasternak provided the text. “The Russian Pasternak version appears at points throughout the piece, unifying the piece, adding a beautiful frame with wind sounds, the ghost of Bach’s eternal work, and mystery,” Engebretson said.

The audience also enjoyed Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Brahms.