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Festival Miami 2013 Presents
2013 FM Benjamin Britten 100th Birthday Celebration
Sponsored by Louis Leibowitz Charitable Trust
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
at UM Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Festival Miami presents a special concert in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers. The festivities begin with a captivating pre-concert presentation, providing insight into the composer’s life and work. Tenor soloist and concert host Tony Boutté is featured in works showcasing many of the Frost School of Music’s outstanding faculty, students, and ensembles. The Frost Chorale under the direction of Karen Kennedy performs “Choral Dances from Gloriana” and the Frost Opera Theater presents a scene from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faculty members Alan Johnson and Richard Todd join Boutté to perform Britten’s captivating Canticle III, Still falls the rain. Two competition-winning students then perform two of Britten’s solo works, Twelve Variations on a Theme for solo piano and Elegy for solo viola. The Frost Symphony Orchestra performs one of Britten’s final works, Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A Time There Was…’ To round out the commemoration, Boutté will join the Frost Symphony to give the first public performance of Britten’s Three Small Songs, plus the U.S. premiere of Everyone Sang, for tenor and orchestra.