Newbits: Cygnus Ensemble, Braxton, Douglas, Oteri

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

New York based Cygnus Ensemble launches its Washington, D.C. debut with a 2012 mini-residency at the Library of Congress beginning this Friday, February 3 at 8pm with an incredible tribute to Fritz Kreisler. Special guests include violinist Miranda Cuckson, pianist Blair McMillen and violist Daniel Panner. The concert will feature two premieres by Harold Meltzer including a world premiere of Kreisleriana, a Library of Congress McKim Fund commission. Several rarely heard chamber works by Kreisler will be performed on his own Guarneri del Gesù violin by Miranda Cuckson and Cygnus violinist Calvin Wiersma. The concert is free but tickets are required, available from Ticketmaster (limit 2 per person) at or by calling Washington, D.C.: 202-397-7328, Baltimore: 410-547-7328, or Virginia: 703-573-7328.

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