2013 marks the 100th year of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Celebrations started back in September and will continue until April of 2014. You can find out about celebrations happening worldwide with this link http://www.britten100.org/home
For those who don’t know, Britten was a British twentieth century composer, conductor and pianist. He was a major contributor to British opera and classical music and, in 1976 at the age of 63, he passed away leaving over 100 major works for us to enjoy. As is true for many important composers, he left a legacy that includes more than just his music. Britten, along with Peter Pears and Eric Crozier, founded the Aldeburgh Festival (now called Aldeburgh Music http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/ ) and he was instrumental in creating Snape Maltings Concert Hall (and in having it rebuilt in 1969 after it was destroyed by fire only 2 years after it was initially built).
On December 19, 2013, we will hear Phillip Addis sing Songs and Proverbs of William Blake by Benjamin Britten. With Addis’ wonderful voice and Britten’s amazing music, it is sure to be a memorable moment in the program.
To learn more about Britten’s music, visit http://www.brittenpears.org/