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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Benjamin Britten 100th birthday celebration

Festival Miami will present a special concert in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, on Tuesday, October 29, 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, with tenor soloist and concert host Tony Boutté and Karen Henson. 

The Frost Chorale under the direction of Karen Kennedy, will perform Choral Dances from Gloriana and the Frost Opera Theater will perform 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, and two competition-winning students will 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... ' will be performed by the Frost Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Tickets are $30, $20 and $15.

The concert is at the UM Gusman Concert Hall at UM Campus, showtime is 7:15 pm.

The campus is at 1314 Miller Drive. For info: 305-284-4940. Get your tix here.

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