Happy 60th Birthday, Dmitry Sitkovetsky! To help celebrate the Greensboro Symphony music director’s milestone, UNCG will host a sold-out concert Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

UNCG Music Professor Dr. Mark Engebretson will celebrate his own birthday as well – his 50th – as he honors “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 will provide the text. The latter will be recited by Sitkovetsky. “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 says.

The maestro’s daughter, soprano Juila Sitkovetsky, will sing and her father will play violin. A string quintet will also perform.

The audience will also enjoy Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Brahms.

Sitkovetsky’s birthday actually is the day before, so the maestro will have a weekend of celebration.

Though the concert in the UNCG Music Building Recital Hall is sold out, it will be live streamed in the Collins Lecture Hall near the front entrance. Tickets for that simulcast are $5 on a first come, first served basis by calling 336-335-5456, ext. 224.

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