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Composer: Harbison, John (b. 1938)

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Year of birth1938
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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LondonIndependence Day: Miniature Solos & Duos

Rouse, Harbison, Mazzoli, Daugherty, Zwilich, Carter, Bernstein

KuhmoSchubert's last lesson

Schubert, Harbison
Klaus Mäkelä; Siljamari Heikinheimo; Roope Gröndahl; Abel Puustinen; Annariina Jokela
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A truly great Gatsby: John Harbison's opera gets a thrilling performance in Boston

John Harbison  ©  Katrin Talbot
Between Baz Luhrmann’s recent film The Great Gatsby, Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby currently at Sadler’s Wells, and Elevator Repair Service’s circulation-testing, eight-hour Gatz at the Noël Coward Theatre last year, Londoners such as myself could be forgiven for feeling all Gatsbied out (in truth, Gatz could probably have achieved that by itself).
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Chamber music with members of the San Francisco Symphony and Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman  ©  Dario Acosta
The San Francisco Symphony recently returned from an exhausting six-city, ten-concert tour of Asia and now enter the month of December with a selection of seasonal, festive performances.
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Harbison's Symphony no. 5 in Boston: A meditation on loss

John Harbison,  ©  Katrin Talbot

There is an electric guitar on stage at Boston's Symphony Hall, and it is not a Pops concert.

John Harbison's Symphony no. 5 for baritone, mezzo-soprano and orchestra up-ends what we think of as a symphony, presenting the voice as an instrument and recalibrating the form.

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