Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, a year-long festival honoring the 2013 centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), officially launches on Saturday, February 23, 2013 with a conversation with LA Opera Music Director James Conlon. The free event begins at 4:00 pm and will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
A master of orchestral writing, Benjamin Britten wrote some of the most appealing classical music of the twentieth century. He is perhaps best known for his music for the voice – operas, choral works, songs and song cycles – and was as committed to writing music for children and amateur performers as he was for leading soloists of the day. More than 65 Britten 100/LA partners to date have come together to examine and celebrate this remarkable talent through a variety of performances, conferences and exhibitions.
James Conlon, whose lifelong admiration of Britten's artistic genius is reflected in his personal three-year performance cycle of the composer’s works in the United States and Europe, spearheads Britten 100/LA for LA Opera. In a presentation expanding upon the format of his standing-room only pre-performance talks, Mr. Conlon will discuss the music and artistic legacy of Britten, as well as introduce a number of exciting festival events happening throughout Southern California well into 2014.
The event will also include performances of Britten vocal works by members of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and all attendees are invited to meet Mr. Conlon in person after the presentation.
The February 23 event is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations can be made by calling the LA Opera Box Office at 213.972.8001. Britten 100/LA: A Celebration will take place in Salon A, on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012.
Generous support for Britten 100/LA provided by the Britten–Pears Foundation.
For more information on Britten 100/LA, visit Britten100LA.org