Milton Babbitt at Focus! Festival Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

Street crime, of all things, might have been what caused the brainy composer Milton Babbitt to abandon his Concerti for Violin, Orchestra and Synthesized Sound in 1976. That’s what Joel Sachs, the founding director of the New Juilliard Ensemble, suggested to the audience that nearly filled the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the school on Friday for the opening concert of the 32nd Focus! festival, a free weeklong centennial tribute to Babbitt.