This year Russian-German-Jewish composer Alfred Schnittke would have turned 80. To celebrate his birthday, Julliard’s 30th annual mid-winter festival FOCUS! 2014, presents six concerts of works by Schnittke and his circle of composers, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, and Valentin Silvestrov. Alfred Schnittke’s World begins today and will continue until January 31. Extended techniques will give a glimpse at his world and how it is reflected in his compositional techniques, since it attached the utmost significance to the meaning of his music.