Benjamin Britten News

Date Of Birth:
November 22, 1913
Date Of Death:
December 04, 1976 (63)
Canned Rice's UNDERSTUDY BLUES Comes to Cape Town from May 21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

UNDERSTUDY BLUES, the debut production from Canned Rice Productions, will open at the Galloway Theatre in Cape Town for a nine-performance run in May 2014. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Video Games Live & More Included in RPO's Full 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announced its 2014-15 Philharmonics and Pops concerts in February, but today reveals the remainder of its 92nd season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson. Subscriptions to OrKIDStra and Sunday Matinees are available today to new and renewing subscribers, and tickets for Specials are now available as add-ons to all 14/15 subscribers. Single tickets for all 14/15 concerts go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 1, 2014. (more...)

The Celebrity Series of Boston Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Celebrity Series of Boston announced its 2014-2015 season today, marking 76 years of bringing the world's greatest performing artists to Boston. The season opens on Sunday, October 5, 2014 with Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini in recital. In total, the 2014-2015 season will include 46 music, dance and entertainment engagements. The 2014-15 season is sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger. (more...)

The Arvo Part Project at St. Vladimir's Seminary to Present Carnegie Hall Concert, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Arvo Part Project at St. Vladimir's Seminary presents a concert in Carnegie Hall devoted to the music of Estonian composer Arvo Part. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and will feature performers closely associated with Mr. Part's music. An additional performance of Kanon Pokajanen will be performed in The Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, June 2, and a lecture based on Mr. Part and his music will be held in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, June 11. Traveling from Estonia for these events are the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with their conductor T§nu Kaljuste. (more...)

Piano Duo Clemens Leske and Daniel Herscovitch Launch 'Evenings at Elder Hall' Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

The opening concert of the University of Adelaide's Evenings@Elder Hall 6.30pm tonight, 12 April is an evening of piano wizardry delivered by two exceptional exponents of the keyboard, Clemens Leske and Daniel Herscovitch. (more...)

Lucy Crowe Makes New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Carnegie Hall presents lyric soprano Lucy Crowe in her New York recital debut tonight, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. Joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook, Ms. Crowe performs a wide variety of repertoire, with song cycles to include Alban Berg's Sieben fruhe Lieder and William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table-six pieces celebrating the sights and sounds of London. Additional program highlights include a performance of Sibelius's vocally demanding tone poem, Luonnotar, Op. 70, inspired by the Kalevala, a 19th-century Finnish epic poem, and well-known lieder by Schubert. The British-born singer will also perform traditional selections from Folk Songs from the British Isles, including 'Sally Gardens,' and 'The Ash Grove,' arranged by Benjamin Britten, as well as songs by English composers Michael Head, Ivor Gurney, Thomas Dunhill, and Frank Bridge. (more...)

Ohio State School of Music's Opera Theatre Program to Present THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, 4/17-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

The Ohio State School of Music will perform an Easter-weekend production of Benjamin Britten's two-act chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, and Saturday, April 19, in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. on campus. The production is directed by A. Scott Parry, director of Ohio State Opera Theatre; conductor is Russel C. Mikkelson. (more...)

Pablo Heras-Casado Makes His NY Philharmonic Debut, Now thru 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Pablo Heras-Casado will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting Barto?k's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Peter Serkin; Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, today, April 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

James Conlon to Conduct at 2014 Spring For Music Festival at Carnegie Hall, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

James Conlon, Music Director of the Cincinnati May Festival since 1979, conducts the May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium during the fourth and final installment of the Spring For Music festival. The centerpiece of the Carnegie Hall program is the New York premiere of The Ordering of Moses, a work by Robert Nathaniel Dett that received its world premiere at the 1937 May Festival, performed by a chorus of 350 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by Eugene Goosens. Mr. Conlon will open the program with John Adams' Harmonium. (more...)

Royal House Opera Announces 2014-2015 Ballet and Dance Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

New works, engaging collaborations and classic revivals set the theme for the Royal Ballet Season 2014/15. (more...)

San Francisco Girls Chorus Continues Its 35th Season with Benjamin Britten's NOYE'S FLUDDE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

The five-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus--Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director and ValÚrie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor-continues its 35th anniversary season with a fully staged production of Benjamin Britten's 1957 opera Noye's Fludde, based on the biblical deluge story, in one performance only, tonight, March 29, 2014, at 8 pm at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. (more...)

Performance Network Theatre to Present RICHARD III, 4/24-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

From April 24 through June 1, one of William Shakespeare's most famous histories 'Richard III' gets an innovative PNT treatment in this boldly re-imagined tale of power, treachery, seduction, and fate. (more...)

Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2014 Bank of America Chamber Music Series Programs; Festival Runs 5/23-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Geoff Nuttall, now in his fifth year as Spoleto Festival USA's Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music, today announced details of the Bank of America Chamber Music series comprising 11 programs, each performed three times at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina from Friday, May 23 through Sunday, June 8. (more...)

Delaware County Symphony to Perform at Neumann University, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The Symphony presents the fourth performance of its Chamber Concert Series on Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Meagher Theatre of the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University, Aston, Pa. (more...)

Theatre Rhinoceros Presents THE HABIT OF ART: A VERY BRITISH COMEDY, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Theatre Rhinoceros presents The Habit of Art: A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys) and directed by John Fisher. The production will only be in San Francisco for a limited engagement, opening tonight, March 27 and closing April 13. (more...)

Carnegie Hall to Conclude Britten Centenary with Atlanta Symphony, Chorus Performing WAR REQUIEM, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Carnegie Hall's Benjamin Britten centenary celebration comes to an end on Wednesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., with Music Director Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Britten's masterful War Requiem in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. They are joined by a trio of eminent soloists-soprano Evelina Dobra?eva, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Stephen Powell-as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Written for the inauguration of Coventry's new cathedral in 1962, Britten's War Requiem is a deeply felt expression of the composer's pacifism. By juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by British poet Wilfred Owen (who died in World War I), Britten created a gripping musical statement about man's inhumanity to man. (more...)

Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn to Return to Chamber Orchestra for SCHUMANN | HAYDN, 4/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

An always anticipated occasion for audience and orchestra alike, Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn returns to the Chamber Orchestra podium for a play/conduct program that will undoubtedly brim with the passion, panache and vivacity his concerts unfailingly deliver. The program features Haydn's famous 'Surprise' Symphony and two highly expressive works by Schumann and Britten. (more...)

Roger Wright, BBC Proms and Radio 3 Director, To Leave After 15 Years
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Roger Wright, director of BBC Proms and controller of BBC Radio 3, plans to leave the BBC after 15 years for a job as chief executive of Aldeburgh Music. Wright has worked with the BBC for over 15 years, becoming Radio 3 controller in 1998 and taking over the Proms in 2007. Wright said that he was 'sorry to be leaving the BBC having enjoyed such a long and fulfilling period' there. Wright will join Aldeburgh Music in September, taking over from Jonathan Reekie. Aldeburgh Music is based at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. It organizes the annual Aldeburgh Festival, which was founded by Benjamin Britten. Wright stated he was 'honoured to have been invited to lead Aldeburgh Music at such an exciting time in its development.' Chairman of Aldeburgh Music, Simon Robey, said Wright would 'bring an exceptional breadth and depth of experience to all we do.' Members of the BBC responded to this news with BBC Radio director Helen Boaden calling Wright 'a unique and brilliant talent' who would be 'hugely' missed and BBC director general Tony Hall saying that Wright made a 'huge contribution to the BBC, through the success of both Radio 3 and seven seasons of the Proms'. (more...)

Over 2,400 Artists from 43 Countries Set for Edinburgh International Festival 2014; Programme Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Today, at a press conference in Edinburgh, Director Jonathan Mills revealed the artists, companies and work from around the world which will fill the stages of Edinburgh's annual cultural celebration. Over 2,400 artists from 43 nations have been invited to Edinburgh to perform in the annual showcase of the world's great performing artists. (more...)

Piano Duo Clemens Leske and Daniel Herscovitch to Launch 'Evenings at Elder Hall' Series, April 12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The opening concert of the University of Adelaide's Evenings@Elder Hall 6.30pm Saturday 12 April is an evening of piano wizardry delivered by two exceptional exponents of the keyboard, Clemens Leske and Daniel Herscovitch. (more...)

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