Last week, Downtown Music Productions presented the work of the Boulanger sisters on the same program – Lili and Nadia Boulanger, whose music is largely forgotten, even if Nadia taught composition to an entire generation of Americans including Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Elliot Carter and Marc Blitzstein – and Philip Glass, I believe. Mimi Stern-Wolfe, artistic director of DMP, took lessons with Nadia Boulanger as well. Lili Boulanger, who died at 24, won the Rome Prize in composition for her Faust and Helene – not a small feat for a woman before World War I – and she received triumphant and unanimous acclaim for her music. I was pleased to see that someone is remembering the fabulous “Baker” sisters… The event is part of DMP’s East Village Concert Series on Sunday afternoons at St Mark’s Church. More information at:

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