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MATA Festival Review

22mata_span_2I only caught the second half of Tuesday's MATA Festival, so I'll leave it to Steve Smith to recap the proceedings. (Pictures courtesy of the Times.) My personal fave was Daniel Koontz’s “12 Improvements for Piano,” a rollicking set of variations performed by the Australian Simon Docking, for whom they were written. To my ears, they were on a par with Gyorgy Ligeti's notoriously difficult Etudes.

The festival concludes tomorrow night at the Lyceum with performances by Matthew Barnson, Andrew Norman, Filippo Perocco and Christopher Tignor, as well as special guest composers Osvaldo Golijov and MATA Festival Director James Matheson. Well worth your while if you're in the nabe.