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Britten 100/LA

Britten 100/LA

Britten 100/LA: A Celebration

Throughout 2013, the Benjamin Britten centenary was observed around the world by musicians and institutions of every kind. James Conlon, whose lifelong fascination with Britten is reflected in his personal three-year performance cycle of the composer's works in America and Europe, is the inspiration for LA Opera's Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, a countywide collaboration featuring performances, conferences and exhibitions presented by a host of organizations.

The festivities continue well into 2014, culminating with LA Opera's spring production of Billy Budd. 

Britten 100/LA is proud to be part of the global celebration Britten 100.

Generous support for Britten 100/LA provided by the Britten–Pears Foundation.

 

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April 24, 2014, 8:00pm
Neal Stulberg conducts the UCLA Philharmonia in a concert featuring cellist Charles Tyler performing Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra (Op. 6). The program will also include Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Venue: Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Information: General admission $14; $11 UCLA faculty, staff, students (with ID)

625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Past Events

Inaugural Event - February 23, 2013, 4:00pm
Britten 100/LA inaugural event  featuring a conversation with James Conlon. In a presentation that expands on the format of his enormously popular pre-performance talks, Mr. Conlon will discuss the artistic legacy of Britten and his music, as well as introduce the numerous festival events taking place throughout Southern California in the coming year. There will be musical performances by members of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. All attendees are invited to meet Mr. Conlon in person after the presentation.This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required; please call 213.972.8001 to reserve.

Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012
Information: 213.972.8001

January 26, 2013, 8:00pm
Concert featuring A Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934) and works by Mozart, Neruda and Copland, performed by the Downey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sharon Lavery.

Venue: Downey Civic Theatre, 8535 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241
Information:
 www.downeysymphony.org or 562.904.7230

February 2, 2013, 7:30pm
Blue Britten 
concert including A Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934), Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (Op. 31, 1943) and works by Purcell, performed by the California Chamber Orchestra with tenor Robert MacNeil, conducted by Dana Mambourg Zimbric.

Venue: Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
Information: www.temeculatheater.org or 866.653.8696

March 1, 2013, 7:30pm
Concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937) and works by Haydn and Bach, conducted by Andrew Haveron. Presented by The Broad Stage.

Venue: The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica CA 90401
Information:
www.TheBroadStage.com or 310.434.3200

March 2, 2013, 8:00pm
Concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937) and works by Haydn and Bach, conducted by Andrew Haveron. Presented by the La Jolla Music Society.

Venue: Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego CA 92101
Information:
www.LMJS.org or 858.459.3728

March 3, 2013, 3:00pm
Concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937) and works by Haydn and Bach, conducted by Andrew Haveron. Presented by the Soka Performing Arts Center.

Venue: Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo CA  92656
Information: www.PerformingArts.Soka.edu or 949.480.4278

March 3, 2013, 3:30pm
Concert by the Endellion String Quartet featuring Britten’s Three Divertimenti (1936) and works by Bartok and Beethoven, presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association.

Venue: Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena CA 91106
Information:
www.colemanchambermusic.org or 626.793.4191

March 3, 2013, 6:00pm
Concert by cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Robert Thies, featuring Britten's Cello Sonata (Op. 65, 1961), as well as Beethoven's "Variations on a Theme from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus" and the premiere of a new work by Los Angeles composer Bruce Broughton written to commemorate Britten's centenary. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Presented as part of the Sundays Live series at LACMA.

Venue: LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Information:
www.LACMA.org or 323.857.6234

March 4, 2013, 7:30pm
Concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937) and works by Haydn and Bach, conducted by Andrew Haveron. Presented by the Ventura Music Festival.

Venue: Ventura High School, 2 North Catalina St.,  Ventura CA 93001
Information:www.VenturaMusicFestival.org or 805.648.3146

March 20, 2013, 12:10pm

Glendale Noon Concert featuring Three Pieces from the Suite (Op. 6, 1935) and pieces by Chausson and James MacMillan, performed by the Kewa Ensemble (Jacqueline Suzuki, violin; Rosa LoGiudice, piano). This event is free and open to the public. 

Venue: First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St., Glendale CA 91206
Information: www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com or 818.242.2113

March 31, 2013, 6:00pm
Concert featuring members of LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program presented as part of the Sundays Live series at LACMA. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Venue: LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Information:
www.LACMA.org or 323.857.6234

April 4, 5 and 6, 2013, at 8pm
The Rape of Lucretia
(Op. 37, 1946)
Presented by The Colburn School, featuring James Conlon conducting members of the Colburn Orchestra and a cast that includes singers from LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. Mr. Conlon will give pre-performance lectures at 7:15pm on each night in Thayer Hall (at Colburn). Additionally, there will be a staged Britten Art Song Prelude each evening beginning at 5:30pm in Zipper Hall.

Venue: Zipper Hall, Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information:
www.ColburnSchool.edu or 213.621.1050

April 5 and 6, 2013, 8:00pm; April 7, 2013, 2:00pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic concert featuring Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Op. 33a, 1945) and works by Mussorgsky and Steven Mackey, conducted by David Robertson.

Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information: www.LAPhil.com or 323.850.2000 

April 7, 2013, 8:00pm

February House: a concert including Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca (Op. 23, No. 1, 1940), Overture: Paul Bunyan (Op. 17, 1939); Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (Op. 49, 1951); Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937)
Presented by Jacaranda, featuring Ana Rosenberg (piano); Liam Viney (piano); Keve Wilson (oboe); Stuart Clark (clarinet) 

Venue: First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica CA 90401
Information:
www.JacarandaMusic.org or 213.483.0216, or visit Jacaranda's Facebook page

April 7, 2013, 2:00pm
Bookstore Talk: Benjamin Britten at 100, featuring LA Opera Community Educators. This event is free and open to the public.

Venue: The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013
Information: 213.488.0599

April 9, 2013, 6:45pm
Library talk on Benjamin Britten at Platt Library presented by LA Opera Community Educators. This event is free and open to the public.

Venue: Platt Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills CA 91367
Information:
www.PlattLibrary.org or 818.340.9386

April 14, 2013, 2:00pm
The British Are Coming! (Part II) concert by Areté Vocal Ensemble featuring Hymn to St. Cecilia (Op. 27, 1942) and Five Flower Songs (Op. 47, 1950) as well as music by the Beatles.

Venue: Samuelson Chapel, Chapel Lane, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Information: www.AreteVocalEnsemble.org or 805.493.3308

April 16 at noon, April 17 at 8pm
Los Angeles City College Daytime Concert Series concert featuring "March" and "Lullaby" from Suite for Violin and Piano (Op. 6, 1934), performed by violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and pianist Susan Svrcek, along with works by Brahms, Ganne and others featuring the Los Angeles Horn Trio.

April 16 venue: Music Building, Clausen Hall, Room 247; Los Angeles City College, 855 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. (This event is free; it is a school event but others will not be turned away.)
April 16 information: www.LosAngelesHornTrio.blogspot.com or 323.953.4000, ext. 2880

April 17 venue: MiMoDa Studio (entrance from the Paper or Plastik Cafe), 5772 W.  Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
April 17 information:
www.LosAngelesHornTrio.blogspot.com or 213.207.3000

April 19 and 20, 2013 at 7:30pm
Noah's Flood (Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59, 1958) presented by LA Opera, conducted by James Conlon, with bass-baritone Yohan Yi (Noye), mezzo-soprano Ronnita Nicole Miller (Mrs. Noye), actor Jamieson K. Price (Voice of God), musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra and Hamilton High School Academy of Music Orchestra, the Lake Avenue Church Celebration Ringers and singers from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Choir, Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley Children’s Choir, Beverly Vista Middle School and the Holy Family Children’s Concert Chorus of Holy Family Church in Glendale. Free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required (limit four per household).

Venue: Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles CA 90012
Information:
213.972.8001 or reserve your tickets by clicking on these performance dates. Note: these tickets are in high demand and sell out quickly. If there are no tickets available, we recommend that you check back at a later date.
Friday April 19 at 7:30 PM
or Saturday April 20 at 7:30 PM

April 20, 2013, at noon
Chamber music concert featuring Movement for Wind Sextet (1930) performed by the Calico Winds, along with music by Bizet and Janacek. This event, presented by Kewa Civic Concerts, is free and open to the public.

Venue: Edendale Branch Library (Echo Park), 2011 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90026.
Information: www.KewaCivicConcerts.blogspot.com or 213.207.3000

April 21, 2013, at 4:00pm
A Britten Centennial Celebration
Concert to include Hymn to St. Cecilia (Op. 27, 1942), Missa Brevis in D (Op. 63, 1959), The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (1943), Five Flower Songs (Op. 47, 1950), Festival Te Deum (Op. 32, 1945), Chorale After an Old French Carol (1944), Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943).
Presented by the Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers, conducted by John Alexander and featuring Christoph Bull (organ) and David Clemensen (piano)

Venue: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, California State University Fullerton (CSUF), 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton CA 92831
Information:
www.PacificChorale.org or 714.662.2345

April 22, 2013, 1:00pm
Community talk on Benjamin Britten at Pasadena Senior Center presented by LA Opera Community Educators.

Venue: Pasadena Senior Center, 85 East Holly St., Pasadena CA 91103
Information:
www.PasadenaSeniorCenter.org or 626.795.4331

April 27, 2013, 8:00pm
River Crossing: A semi-staged production of Britten's Curlew River (Op. 71, 1964). Presented by Jacaranda, with stage director Michele Spears, music director/organist Mark Alan Hilt, tenor Steven Tharp (Madwoman), bass-baritone Dean Elzinga (Ferryman), bass Reid Bruton (Abbott), baritone Abdiel Gonzales (Traveler), members of the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus (Jason Armstrong, director) and the Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble.  

Venue: First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica CA 90401
Information:
www.JacarandaMusic.org or 213.483.0216, or visit Jacaranda's Facebook page. You can also read an Advocate article about this production by clicking here.

April 28, 2013, 4:00pm 
American Youth Symphony concert featuring The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Op. 34, 1945) as well as works by Beethoven, Bach and Sarasate, conducted by Alexander Treger. Admission to the concert is free but reservations are recommended; see below contact information for ticket reservations. 

Venue: Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Information: www.AYSymphony.org or 310.470.2332

May 5 and 12, 2013, 7:00pm
Concert featuring selected works from Friday Afternoons (Op. 7, 1933-35), Britten folksong arrangements and excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols (Op. 28, 1942) and Missa Brevis (Op. 63, 1959) presented by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, conducted by Anne Tomlinson.

Venue: Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
Information: www.LAChildrensChorus.org or 626.793.4231

May 11, 2013, 10:00am
Orientation meeting from 10am to 11am. From May 14 through July 21, Bali & Beyond has partnered with the Indonesian Consulate of LA and Music LA to offer free gamelan music classes for young people age 13 to 19. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and on Saturdays from 10-noon, beginning with an orientation on May 11 at 10am. The residency will end with a special culmination concert and dinner on July 20.

Venue: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, First Floor (Gamelan Room), 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA, 90010
Information: BaliBeyond.com/MusicLA or 818.837.9485

May 12, 2013, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Performances by cellist Peter Stumpf of the Cello Suite No. 3 (Op. 87, 1971). Presented by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College.

Venue: Ma Residence (address provided to ticket holders), Pasadena CA 91105
Information:www.DaCamera.org or 213.477.2929

May 18, 2013, 4:00pm
The combined choirs of St. Cyril's Church and St. Francis de Sales Church will perform  Missa Brevis in D (Op. 63, 1959), conducted by Jeannine Wagner, with William Beck (organ), and with Paul Salamunovich conducting the men in Gregorian propers.

Venue: St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino CA, 91436
Information:
www.St-Cyril.org or 310.475.2693

May 19, 2013, 11:00am
"Music Appreciation Sunday," a special worship celebration featuring Britten's sacred repertoire, focusing on the cantata Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943), with Director of Music Dr. Jonathan Talberg conducting the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, with Organist-in-Residence Stewart Wayne Foster.

Venue: First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90020
Information: www.FCCLA.org or 213.385.1341

May 21, 2013, 6:30pm
Library talk on Benjamin Britten at Porter Ranch Branch Library presented by LA Opera Community Educators. This event is free and open to the public.

Venue: Porter Ranch Branch Library, 11371 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA91326
Information:
www.lapl.org/branches/porter-ranch or 818.360.5706 

May 14 through 25, 10am
From May 14 through July 21, Bali & Beyond has partnered with the Indonesian Consulate of LA and Music LA to offer free gamelan music classes for young people age 13 to 19. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and on Saturdays from 10-noon, beginning with an orientation on May 11 at 10am. The residency will end with a special culmination concert and dinner on July 20.

Venue: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, First Floor (Gamelan Room), 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA, 90010
Information: BaliBeyond.com/MusicLA or 818.837.9485

June 1, 2013, 8:00pm
Young Apollo: God of Music, Poetry and Healing,
an  all-Britten concert featuring Suite for Violin and Piano (Op. 6, 1935); String Quartet No. 3 (1976); Four Piano Portraits: "Rather Fast and Nervous" from Five Waltzes (1925), "Early Morning Swim" and "Fun Fair" from Holiday Diary (Op. 5, 1934) and Night Piece (Notturno) (1963); Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Op. 31, 1943); Young Apollo for piano, string quartet and strings (Op. 16, 1939).

Presented by Jacaranda, featuring Steven Tharp (tenor); Teag Reeves (horn); Stephen Vanhauwaert (piano); Lyris Quartet; Movses Pogossian (violin); Vicki Ray (piano); Mark Alan Hilt (conductor) and the Jacaranda String Orchestra.

Venue: First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica CA 90401
Information:
www.JacarandaMusic.org or 213.483.0216, or visit Jacaranda's Facebook page.

June 4, 2013, 7:00pm
Britten: Sacred and Profane talk by Mitchell Morris, presented as part of the City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBT arts festival. This event is free and open to the public; limited seating available on a first come basis; you can also RSVP here.

Venue: West Hollywood Library Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069
Information: www.Weho.org/pride or 323.848.6377

June 8, 2013, 7:30pm and June 9, 2013, 2:00pm
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus concert featuring Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem (Op. 20, 1940) and pieces by Schoenberg and Vaughan Williams, with soprano Mary Jaeb and bass-baritone Dean Elzinga, conducted by David Chase. 

Venue: Mandeville Auditorium, University of California-San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093
Information: www.LaJollaSymphony.com or 858.534.4637

June 8, 2013, 7:30pm
The Angeles Chorale presents "A Royal Affair," a concert featuring Britten's Jubilate Deo and works by Handel, Henry Purcell, John Tavener and William Matthias, conducted by Artistic Director John Sutton.

Venue: First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91101.
Information: www.AngelesChorale.org or 818.591.1735

June 9, 2013 at 3:00pm
Salastina Music Society presents Illuminating Britten's Centenary featuring Britten’s Les Illuminations and pieces by  Shostakovich, Copland and Bridge.
Venue:
Thayer Hall, Colburn School of Music, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information: www.SalastinaSociety.org/concerts 

June 9, 2013 at 4:00pm
Pasadena Pro Musica concludes its 2012/13 season with a concert of choral and vocal music by Britten and Purcell. The program includes the chorus performing Britten's I Lov'd A Lass, "Choral Dances" from Gloriana, Rejoice in the Lamb,  and Hymn to St. Cecilia. Mezzo-soprano Julia Metzler will sing Folk Songs of the British Isles arranged by Britten and his realizations of songs from Purcell's Orpheus Britannicus. Music Director Stephen Grimm conducts. 

Venue:  Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91103
Information:
www.PasadenaProMusica.org or 626.628.2144

June 9, 2013, 5:00pm
Chamber music concert including Temporal Variations (1936) and On This Island (Op. 11, 1937) as well as works by Poulenc, performed by Leslie Reed (oboe), William Wood (bassoon), Vicky Ray (piano) and Elissa Johnston (soprano).

Venue: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210
Information: www.allsaintsbh.org/music-calendar or 310.275.0123

June 23, 2013, 4:00pm
Chamber music concert presented by Pasadena Schubertiade featuring Britten's Phantasy in F minor (1932), as well as works by Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by violinists Ishani Bhoola and Agnes Gotteschewski, violists Roland Kato and Erik Rynearson, and cellist Tina Soule.

Venue: Neighborhood U.U. Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103
Information: www.PasadenaSchubertiade.org or 626.628.2144

July 2, 9, 11, 16 and 18, 4pm; July 13, 10am
From May 14 through July 21, Bali & Beyond has partnered with the Indonesian Consulate of LA and Music LA to offer free gamelan music classes for young people age 13 to 19. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and on Saturdays from 10-noon. The residency will end with a special culmination concert and dinner on July 20.

Venue: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, First Floor (Gamelan Room), 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA, 90010
Information: BaliBeyond.com/MusicLA or 818.837.9485

July 16, 2013, 8:00pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic concert featuring Britten's An American Overture (1941) and works by Elgar and Sibelius, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Venue: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068
Information: www.HollywoodBowl.com or 323.850.2000

July 16, 2013, 8pm
Music Academy of the West faculty chamber music concert including Lachrymae (Op. 48, 1950) featuring Cynthia Phelps (viola) and Jeremy Denk (piano).

Venue: Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara CA 93108
Information: www.MusicAcademy.org or  805.969.4726

July 20, 2013, 7pm
Free culmination performance and reception for Balinese and Javanese gamelan residency presented by Bali & Beyond in partnership with the Indonesian Consulate of LA and Music LA. 

Venue: Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, First Floor (Gamelan Room), 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA, 90010
Information: BaliBeyond.com/MusicLA or 818.837.9485

July 23, 2013, 8pm
Music Academy of the West faculty chamber music concert including the Phantasy quartet (Op. 2, 1933) featuring David Weiss (oboe), Brian Lewis (violin), Roger Myers (viola) and Joshua Roman (cello).

Venue: Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara CA 93108
Information: www.MusicAcademy.org or  805.969.4726

August 16 at 7pm and 9pm; August 17 at 7pm and 9pm
The Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College presents "Music+Dance: L.A." featuring the American Contemporary Ballet in a piece choreographed by Lincoln Jones to Britten's Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934, in an arrangement for string quartet), along with another contemporary dance piece set to music by Debussy, and also featuring chamber performances of Handel and Rameau.

Venue: ACB DanceSpace, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90036
Information: www.DaCamera.org or 213.477.2929

August 23, 7:30pm
La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest Finale, featuring A Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934) as well as two Mozart symphonies, performed by the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard.

Venue: MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St, La Jolla CA 92037
Information: www.LJMS.org or 858.459.3728

August 24 and 25, 7:30pm
Southwest Chamber Music concludes its 20th anniversary season of the Summer Festival at The Huntington with two performances of Britten's Eight Folk Song Arrangements (1976) and A Birthday Hansel (Op. 92, 1976) performed by tenor Jon Lee Keenan and harpist Alison Bjorkedal, as well as music of Henze and Janacek. Come early to picnic on the lawn or dine at The Huntington Tea Room.

Venue: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino CA  91108
Information: www.SWMusic.org or 800.726.7147

October 2, 12:10pm
Glendale Noon Concerts presents the Kewa Ensemble performing the String Quartet No. 2 (Op. 36, 1945). This concert is free and open to the public.

Venue: First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise Street, Glendale CA 91206
Information: www.GlendaleNoonConcerts.blogspot.com or 818.242.2113

October 5, 8:00pm
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934) conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke, along with works by Bach and Wagner. 

Venue: Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach CA 90802)
Information:
www.LBSO.org or 562.436.3203

October 6, 2:00pm
All-Britten concert event to include Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello performed by David Garrett; Folk Songs, Cabaret Songs and other vocal works (Cara Kovalczyk, soprano; Cynthia Crass, alto; Andrew Carter, tenor; Scott Lehmkuhl, bass); and Rejoice in the Lamb featuring those soloists as well as Ae Kyong Kim (organ), with the First United Methodist Church Pasadena Choir conducted by Stephen Gothold (director of music ministries). This performance will also feature dances, provided by Pasadena Civic Ballet, choreographed and directed by Diane Browne. This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken to defray expenses.

Venue: First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91101
Information: www.FUMCPasadena.org  or 626.796.0157 

October 11, 8:00pm
Music at Saint Matthew's presents a concert conducted by music director Thomas Neenan, featuring tenor Jonathan Mack and the Chamber Orchestra in Nocturne (Op. 60, 1958), along with music by Mendelssohn and Dwayne S. Milburn.

Venue: Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church (1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades CA 90272)
Information: musicguildonline.org/program or 310.573.7422

October 13, 3:00pm
Cellist Mischa Maisky performs the Britten Cello Sonata (Op. 65, 1961), along with Russian romances and works by Beethoven.

Venue: Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330)
Information:
www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or 818.677.3076

Oct. 19, 2:00pm; Oct. 23, 7:30pm; Oct. 26, 2:00pm
Albert Herring 
(Op. 39, 1947) presented by Repertory Opera Company, conducted by Brian Farrell and directed by LizBeth Lucca.

Venue: First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave, Pomona, CA  91768
Information: www.RepertoryOperaCompany.org or 909.230.4949

October 19, 8:00pm
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937), as well as music by Haydn, Mozart and Adolphe, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane.

Venue: Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. Saint John Ave., Pasadena CA 91123
Information: www.LACO.org or 213.622.7001 (ext. 215)

October 20, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert featuring Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (Op. 10, 1937), as well as music by Haydn, Mozart and Adolphe, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane.

Venue: Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Westwood CA 90095
Information: www.LACO.org or 213.622.7001 (ext. 215)

October 27, 6:00pm
The University of La Verne presents an all-Britten concert featuring tenor Jonathan Mack, soprano Carol Stephenson and pianist Grace Zhao, including folksong arrangements, an excerpt from the War Requiem (Op. 66, 1962), Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac (Op. 51, 1952) and Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain (Op. 55, 1954). This concert is part of the Peace Out of War series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Venue: Morgan Auditorium, University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne CA 91750
Information: www.LaVerne.edu

November 1, 8:00pm
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in a performance that includes Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part, as well as pieces by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.

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Venue: Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330)
Information:
www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or 818.677.3076

November 6, 12:10pm
Glendale Noon Concerts presents oboist Catherine Del Russo performing the Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings (Op. 2, 1932), with Jacqueline Suzuki (violin), Victor de Almeida (viola) and Maksim Velichkin (cello). The program also includes Going Home for oboe quartet by Martin Bresnick. This concert is free and open to the public.

Venue: First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise Street, Glendale CA 91206
Information: GlendaleNoonConcerts.blogspot.com or 818.242.2113

November 7, 2:00pm
National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas. In the play, Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W. H. Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for 25 years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Venue: Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
Information: ntlive.NationalTheatre.org.uk/productions/11638-the-habit-of-art

November 9 at 8pm, November 10 at 2pm
Concert including The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Op. 34, 1945) by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.  

Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012
Information: www.LAPhil.com or 323.850.2000

November 10, 4:30pm
Solemn Evensong including a performance of Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943) by the Choir of Saint James, conducted by James Buonemani. This performance is free and open to the public. 

Venue: St. James' Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
Information:
www.SaintJamesLA.org or 213.388.3417

November 10, 5:00pm
Poetry: The Pity of War, a reading of poetry that inspired Benjamin Britten, including works by Wilfred Owen, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas and W.B. Yeats, organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser.

Venue: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024
Information: hammer.ucla.edu or 310.443.7000

November 11, 7:30pm
Occidental College Music Department Faculty Artist Recital featuring Catherine Del Russo (oboe) in the Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings (Op. 2, 1932). The program also includes Going Home for oboe quartet by Martin Bresnick, and other works. Free admission.

Venue: Bird Studio, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Information: www.oxy.edu/music or 323.259.2785

Nov. 14, 8:00pm; Nov. 15, 8:00pm; Nov. 16, 8:00pm
Pacific Symphony concerts featuring The Young Person's Guide to the Orchesta (Op. 34, 1945) conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, along with works by Beethoven and Debussy.

Venue: Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa CA 92626)
Information: www.PacificSymphony.org or 714.556.2787

November 17, 4:00pm
Concert by cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Robert Thies, featuring Britten's Cello Sonata (Op. 65, 1961) as well as the premiere of a new work by Los Angeles composer Bruce Broughton, written to commemorate Britten's centenary.

Presented by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library as part of the Restoration Concerts series.

Venue: South Pasadena Public Library 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Information: www.FriendsofSoPasLibrary.org/concerts.htm or 626.799.6333

November 20, 12:10pm
Glendale Noon Concerts presents Jacqueline Suzuki (violin) and Susan Svrcek (piano) performing Reveille: A Concert Study for Violin and Piano (Op. posth.; 1937) as well as the Piano Quintet by Alfred Schnittke. This concert is free and open to the public.

Venue: First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise Street, Glendale CA 91206
Information: www.GlendaleNoonConcerts.blogspot.com or 818.242.2113

November 22, approximately 12:40pm
Singers from LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (sopranos Rebecca Nathanson and Amanda Woodbury and tenor Joshua Guerrero, with pianist Nino Sanikidze) will perform works by Britten immediately after the noon mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Selections will include "Let the florid music praise" (Op. 11, no. 1, 1937), "Nocturne" (Op. 11, no. 4, 1937), "Echo" (Op. 76, no. 1, 1965), "Angel" (Op. 76, no. 3, 1965),  "The Choirmaster’s Burial" (Op. 5, no. 5, 1953) and "Proud Songsters" (Op. 5, no. 6, 1953). This event is open to all members of the congregation and members of the public.

Venue: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
Information:
www.olacathedral.org or 213.680.5200

November 22, 2:00pm
Britten Birthday Bash
James Conlon conducts Honor Choirs from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District in a concert featuring Friday Afternoons (Op. 7, 1933-35) performed by the Elementary Honor Choir; choruses from A Ceremony of Carols  (Op. 28, 1942) performed by the Middle School Honor Choir; and Simple Symphony (Op. 4, 1934) performed by the Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra. Emcee'd by Kimberlea Daggy. This concert is free and open to the public.

Venue: Jonathan Club (850 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica CA 90403)
Information: For tickets, send an email to kimberleadaggy@gmail.com.

November 22, 8:30pm
Cantata Misericordium
(Op. 69, 1963), Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943) and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Op. 31, 1943)
Performed by the Choir of Saint James (James Buonemani, music director) and the UCLA Camarades String Ensemble (Neal Stulberg, music director), conducted by James Conlon. This event is free and open to the public. 

Venue: St. James' Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
Information:
www.SaintJamesLA.org or 213.388.3417

November 22, 7:00pm and November 24, 5:00pm
Blessed Cecilia: A Benjamin Britten Centenary Celebration
Nova Vocal Ensemble celebrates Britten's 100th birthday and St Cecilia's Day with two choral works: Hymn to St. Cecilia (Op. 27, 1942; rev. 1966) and Hymn to the Virgin (1930; rev. 1934). Pieces by Verdi, Stravinsky, Maxwell Davies and Tavener will also be presented.

Venue: St Mark's Episcopal Church (1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale CA 91202)
Information: www.NovaVocalEnsemble.org

November 24, 8:00pm
War Requiem
(Op. 66, 1962)
Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
Conducted by James Conlon, featuring soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Joseph Kaiser, baritone Phillip Addis, the Colburn Orchestra (Yehuda Gilad, music director), members of the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers (Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor), the USC Thornton Concert Choir (Dr. Christian Grases, conductor), the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from CSU-Long Beach (Dr. Jonathan Talberg, director), the CSU-Fullerton University Singers (Dr. Robert Istad, conductor), the Chapman University Singers (Dr. Stephen Coker, director), the New Zealand Youth Choir (David Squire, music director), the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (Anne Tomlinson, artistic director).

Venue: Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Information:
www.SCFTA.org or 714.556.2787

November 25, 8:00pm
War Requiem
(Op. 66, 1962)
Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Sounds About Town.
Conducted by James Conlon, featuring soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Joseph Kaiser, baritone Phillip Addis, the Colburn Orchestra (Yehuda Gilad, music director), members of the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers (Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductor), the USC Thornton Concert Choir (Dr. Christian Grases, conductor), the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from CSU-Long Beach (Dr. Jonathan Talberg, director), the CSU-Fullerton University Singers (Dr. Robert Istad, conductor), the Chapman University Singers (Dr. Stephen Coker, director), the New Zealand Youth Choir (David Squire, music director), the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (Anne Tomlinson, artistic director).

Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information:www.LAPhil.com or 323.850.2000

December 1, 8pm
Concert featuring "Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge" (Op. 10, 1937) performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, conducted by Music Director Frances Steiner.

Venue: Norris Center for the Performing Arts (Palos Verdes), 27570 Norris Center Drive (formerly Crossfield Drive), Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Info: www.PalosVerdes.com/ChamberOrchestra or 310.373.3151

December 6, 8:00pm
The Prodigal Son (Op. 81, 1968) conducted by James Conlon, featuring members of the USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Opera, with guests soloists from LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets need to be reserved through the website below.

Venue: First Congregational Church, 540 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles CA 90020
Tickets and information: TheProdigalSon.eventbrite.com

December 8, 4:00pm
Concert including Missa Brevis in D (Op. 63, 1959) as well as Dancing Day by John Rutter, performed by the young choristers of Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley, conducted by Patrick Flahive.

Venue: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles, 90012
Information:
Suggested donation of $12 at the door ($10 for seniors and children under 12). To reserve tickets, please call 626.918.3994.

December 8, 7:00pm
Rejoice! Laud to the Nativity
Concert to include A Ceremony of Carols (Op. 28, 1942) as well as Ottorino Respighi's Laud to the Nativity and Stephen Paulus' Christmas Dances.    
Presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon (conductor).

Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information:
www.LAMC.org or 213.972.7282

December 12, 7:00pm
James Conlon discusses the music and legacy of Benjamin Britten, with performances of Britten's works by singers from LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

Presented by the Huntington Library.

Venue: Huntington Art Gallery, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108
Information:
www.Huntington.org or 626.405.2100

December 19, 8:00pm; December 20, 8:00pm
LA Grand Ensemble, conducted by Music Director Ignazio Terrasi, presents a concert featuring Britten's Sinfonietta (Op. 1, 1932) as well as works by Schoenberg, Satie, De Falla and Stravinsky.

Venue: The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013
Information: www.LAGrandEnsemble.com or 866.811.4111

December 21, 7:00pm
A Ceremony of Carols
(Op. 28, 1942)                                                          
Presented by the National Children's Chorus, Luke McEndarfer (music director).

Venue: The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 
Information:
www.NationalChildrensChorus.com or 310.475.2070

December 22, 2:30pm
National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas. In the play, Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W. H. Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for 25 years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Venue: Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
Information: ntlive.NationalTheatre.org.uk/productions/11638-the-habit-of-art

Jan. 11 (8pm), Jan. 12 (3pm), Jan. 17 (8pm), Jan. 18 (8pm) and Jan. 19 (3pm)
The Turn of the Screw (Op. 54, 1954)
Presented by Pacific Opera Project, conducted by Stephen Karr, directed and designed by Josh Shaw. Pre-show lecture one hour before curtain.

Venue: Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, 90021
Information: www.PacificOperaProject.com or 323.739.6122

January 25, 8:00pm
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra concert featuring The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Op. 34, 1945) conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke, along with works by Strauss and Revueltas. 

Venue: Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802)
Information: 
www.LBSO.org or 562.436.3203

February 6, 7:00pm
UCLA lecture by James Conlon: Peter Grimes and Gloriana. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Venue: UCLA Royce Hall, room 314 (Humanities Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, 90095.

February 7, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
James Conlon conducts The Little Sweep (Op. 45, 1949) at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts directed by Stephanie Vlahos, with musicians from the LACHSA Symphony Orchestra and singers from the LACHSA Full Circle Opera Project. (The matinee is for students and is not open to the public.)

Venue: Caroline's LOFT at LACHSA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032
Information: Tickets are $25 ($20 for students) and will be available at www.LACHSA.net 

February 13, 7:00pm
UCLA lecture by James Conlon: The Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Venue: UCLA Royce Hall, room 314 (Humanities Conference Room), 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, 90095.

February 20
Benjamin Britten and Literature: A Conference at UCLA (Day 1)
1:00pm
Christopher Chowrimootoo (Notre Dame University)
The Turn of the Screw, or: the Gothic Melodrama of Modernism

2:00pm
Arman Schwartz (University of Birmingham)
Britten without James

3:00pm
Ryan Minor (SUNY Stonybrook)
Songs and Space in Billy Budd

5:00pm
Lecture by James Conlon: Owen Wingrave and Death in Venice.

Venue: All of this day's events take place at Charles E. Young Research Library, Room 11360 (conference room), UCLA, Los Angeles, 90095. The conference is open to the public and free of charge.
Information: For additional information, please click here.

February 21
Benjamin Britten and Literature: A Conference at UCLA (Day 2)
1:00pm
Jonathan Neufeld (The College of Charleston)
'So much is confusion!'--Britten and the public role of expressive ambiguity

2:00pm
Heather Wiebe (King's College London)
Britten's Anthologies: English Poetry and the Song Cycles

3:30pm
Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)
Repeating, Remembering, Passacaglia: "Weak" Britten

4:30pm
Mitchell Morris (UCLA)
Britten’s Middle Ways: Aesthetics of Belief in "The Holy Sonnets of John Donne”

Venue: All of this day's events take place at Popper Auditorium, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, 90095. The conference is open to the public and free of charge.
Information: For additional information, please click here.

February 21, 7:30pm
American Cinematheque presents a screening of the 1962 film Billy Budd directed by Peter Ustinov and starring Terence Stamp. The evening will begin with a discussion of Britten's legacy by LA Opera Music Director James Conlon and actor Michael York. There will be a raffle for tickets for LA Opera's production of Billy Budd.

Venue: Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 90403)
Information: www.AmericanCinemathequeCalendar.com

February 25, 7:00pm
The Lambda Literary Book Club highlights a different LGBT book each month. February’s discussion will feature Herman Melville's novella Billy Budd, Sailor. This event is free and open to the public. Validated parking is provided.     

Venue: West Hollywood Library Community Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069
Information:
310.652.5340 or www.LambdaLiterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club

March 6, 8:00pm
Camerata Pacifica concert featuring Temporal Variations (1936) performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Adam Neiman (piano), along with works by Adès, Brahms and Auerbach. 

Venue: Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Information: 805.884.8410 or www.CamerataPacifica.org 

March 7, 1:00pm and 7:30pm
Camerata Pacifica concert featuring Temporal Variations (1936) performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Adam Neiman (piano), along with works by Adès, Brahms and Auerbach.

Venue: Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, 93108
Information: 805.884.8410 or www.CamerataPacifica.org

February 22 through March 16
Billy Budd
(Op. 50, 1951)
Presented by LA Opera, conducted by James Conlon and featuring baritone Liam Bonner (Billy Budd), tenor Richard Croft (Captain Vere), bass-baritone Greer Grimsley (Claggart), baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore (Mr. Redburn) and bass Daniel Sumegi (Mr. Flint).

Venue: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Information:
www.LAOpera.org  or 213.972.8001

March 12, 3:00pm
Camerata Pacifica concert featuring Temporal Variations (1936) performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Adam Neiman (piano), along with works by Adès, Brahms and Auerbach. 

Venue: Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, 93004
Information: 805.884.8410 or www.CamerataPacifica.org 

March 14, 8:00pm
Camerata Pacifica concert featuring Temporal Variations (1936) performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Adam Neiman (piano), along with works by Adès, Brahms and Auerbach. 

Venue: Gold Room, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, 91101
Information: 805.884.8410 or www.CamerataPacifica.org

 


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Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Britten photograph

Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on the east coast of England, on November 22, 1913. Although he was already composing vigorously as a child, he nonetheless felt the importance of some solid guidance and in 1928 turned to the composer Frank Bridge; two years later he went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Arthur Benjamin, Harold Samuel and John Ireland. While still a student, he wrote his "official" Op. 1, the Sinfonietta for chamber ensemble, and the Phantasy Quartet for oboe and string trio, and in 1936 he composed Our Hunting Fathers, an ambitious song-cycle for soprano and orchestra, which confirmed Britten’s virtuosic vocal and instrumental technique. He was already earning his living as a composer, having joined the GPO (Post Office) Film Unit the previous year; the collaboration he began there with the poet W. H. Auden was to prove an important one throughout his career.

Britten found himself in the United States at the outset of World War II and stayed there for three more years, returning to Britain in 1942. In America he produced a number of important works, among them the orchestral Sinfonia da Requiem, the song-cycle Les Illuminations for high voice and strings, and his Violin Concerto. With the opera Paul Bunyan he also made his first essay in a genre that would be particularly important to him.

Back in Britain, where as a conscientious objector he was excused military service, he began work on the piece that would establish him beyond question as the pre-eminent British composer of his generation: the opera Peter Grimes, premiered to an ecstatic reaction on June 7, 1945. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell – now a cornerstone of the orchestral repertoire – was first performed in the following year. Indeed, Britten now composed one major work after another, among them the operas The Rape of Lucretia (1946), Albert Herring (1947), Billy Budd (1951), Gloriana (1953), The Turn of the Screw (1954), Noye’s Fludde (1957), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1960), Owen Wingrave (1970–71) and Death in Venice (1971–73); the Nocturne for tenor and orchestra (1958), the War Requiem (1961–62), a Cello Symphony (1963) for Rostropovich and his orchestral Suite on English Folk Tunes (1974).

Britten’s importance in post-war British cultural life was enhanced by his founding of the English Opera Group in 1946 and the Aldeburgh Festival two years later. His career as a composer was matched by his outstanding ability as a performer: he was both a refined pianist and a spontaneous and fluent conductor – his Mozart was particularly highly esteemed. Britten’s later career was clouded by bouts of ill-health, culminating in heart disease. He never fully recovered from open-heart surgery in 1973, and died on December 4, 1976, at the age of 63, a few months after being appointed a life peer – the first composer ever to know that honor.

Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes

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