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Celebrating the sum of its parts

New music gets a new festival and a new home

Among the leaders of the ensembles participating in the inaugural Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music at the ICA Sept. 18-21 are (rear, from left) Richard Pittman, Boston Musica Viva; Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Scott Wheeler, Dinosaur Annex; Stephen Drury, Callithumpian Consort; and (front) Aaron Trant, Firebird Ensemble. Among the leaders of the ensembles participating in the inaugural Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music at the ICA Sept. 18-21 are (rear, from left) Richard Pittman, Boston Musica Viva; Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Scott Wheeler, Dinosaur Annex; Stephen Drury, Callithumpian Consort; and (front) Aaron Trant, Firebird Ensemble. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
By Jeremy Eichler
Globe Staff / September 7, 2008

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On any given week, Boston offers far more performances of contemporary classical music than most American cities and, with all the universities in town, the average number of composers per square foot is impressively high. But for all its richness, the local new-music scene can also be diffuse and heavily fragmented, with venerable ensembles toiling away in relative obscurity and ... (Full article: 605 words)

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