Yesterday, in my Examiner.com review of Sunday evening's San Francisco Performances recital by cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Kirill Gerstein, I made a passing reference to the fact that Benjamin Britten's Opus 65 cello sonata in C major was given its first performance on the 101st anniversary of Gustav Mahler's birth (Mahler's birthday being July 7, 1860). Today I learned, from Allan Kozinn's recent post to the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times, that the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth will be celebrated by Ringo Starr with a concert at Radio City Music Hall. That is because that same date, July 7, 2010, will be Starr's 70th birthday! My guess is that, somewhere in the course of those 70 years, someone will have pointed out to Ringo who shares his birthday. I can even hear Ringo's voice coming back with something like, "Gustav who?" Mahler, of course, wrote some pretty mean drum music; but, alas, he never enjoyed the market that the Beatles did!