NYC Arts Organizations to Honor Benjamin Britten, 10/19-20
Three NYC arts organizations specializing in song and chamber music are teaming up in October to present a weekend-long celebration of the vocal works of Benjamin Britten, who would have turned 100 years old this year. Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF), The Casement Fund Song Series, and Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) have assembled a massive roster of exceptional vocalists and pianists, including renowned collaborative pianist Malcolm Martineau, who will present a total of five programs over a two-day span.
Three concerts on October 19th will be presented at, and in conjunction with, the newly renovated Brooklyn Historical Society, whose landmark building is located in Brooklyn Heights, just blocks from where Benjamin Britten lived in the early 1940s. Two additional programs on October 20th will be presented at the Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. Britten in Song: A Centennial Celebration has been co- curated by Jesse Blumberg of 5BMF, Martha Guth of The Casement Fund, Michael Brofman of BASS, and baritone Michael Kelly of featured ensemble SongFusion.
Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) was founded in 2007 by baritone Jesse Blumberg. Under his leadership, along with Executive Director Donna Breitzer, 5BMF seeks to bring musical performances of the highest caliber to all parts of New York City. In a day when more and more artists and music fans are living in the so-called 'outer boroughs,' it is 5BMF's goal to equally serve audiences in every part of the city by presenting diverse, intimate, and affordable programs throughout the year. Over its first six seasons, 5BMF presented over 30 unique and varied programs in six complete cycles around NYC.