Locally-based composer John Duffy will premiere two of his recent works in New York City during February. On Monday, Feb. 22, Duffy’s “Mark Twain” for string quartet and narrator will premiere at Symphony Space. “Mark Twain” is narrated by Isaiah Sheffer, artistic director of Symphony Space and host of National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts.” Sheffer will be accompanied by the Cassatt String Quartet.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, also at Symphony Space, the Cassatt String Quartet will premiere Duffy’s Concerto for String Quartet, Saxophone and Bass. Duffy originally composed his concerto for jazz saxophone player Stan Getz, as a memorial to civil rights martyrs. Last year, he re-scored the concerto for string quartet and bass.

Both compositions are scheduled for recording in June at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Manhattan, for commercial release next winter An earlier version of “Twain” was performed at the Strand Theatre in Rockland as part of Bay Chamber Concerts’ 2007 spring series.

Duffy, who lives in Camden, is the founder of Meet the Composer, an organization dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of music by American composers; and director of the John Duffy Composers Institute in Norfolk, Va. He has received numerous awards for his work in television, film and theater including two Emmys for excellence in music.

For more information about the composer and his works, visit johnduffy.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.