Benjamin Britten

Upcoming CBS Events

Chamber Music of
Britten and Shostakovich

On Monday, October 28, 2002, the Colorado Britten Society in conjunction with the Lamont School of Music will present an Artist-Faculty Recital featuring chamber music of Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich.  The program is as follows:

BRITTEN: Three Character Pieces (1930)
         Alice Rybak, piano

BRITTEN: Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of John Dowland for viola and piano, op. 48
         Basil Vendryes, viola
         Alice Rybak, piano

BRITTEN: Phantasy Quartet, op. 2
         Lisa Martin, oboe
         Yumi Hwang, violin
         Basil Vendryes, viola
         Richard Slavich, cello


BRITTEN: Night Piece (Notturno) (1963)
         Alice Rybak, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata for violin and piano,
op. 134
         Yumi Hwang, violin
         Alice Rybak, piano

Please join us to hear these masterful performers!  Tickets are $9 for the general public.  Admission is free for all students, as well as faculty and staff of the University of Denver.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is in the Sturm Hall Auditorium at 2000 E. Asbury St. on the University of Denver campus.  For tickets, call the Lamont Concert Line at:  303-871-6412.

The Turn of the Screw

The Colorado Britten Society will present a concert performance of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera The Turn of the Screw on Friday, 22nd November, at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will be conducted by Christopher Baum and will feature an outstanding ensemble of local singers and instrumentalists, led by Cynthia Kirkman as the Governess and Charles V. Johnson as Peter Quint.  Other roles will be performed by Amy Stuemky, Rhonda Rom, and Roseanne Ackerley.  A special guest artist will perform the challenging and crucial role of Miles, one of the very few leading roles in all of opera that is written for a boy treble.

The Turn of the Screw was composed in 1954, and had its premiere in Venice that same year.  Since then, it has enjoyed successful revivals in opera houses around the world, and is generally regarded today as one of the composer's greatest masterpieces.  It is based upon the famous ghost story of the same name, written by Henry James.  In bringing this classic tale to the operatic stage, Britten employed a fascinating array of musical devices to ensure that every chilling detail is portrayed with crystal clarity - even in an unstaged performance such as this one. 

Please join us for this exciting event!  The performance will be in the Sturm Hall Auditorium on the main campus at the University of Denver (located at the corner of Asbury St. and Race St.), and will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Admission: General $10.00;  Colorado Britten Society Members $7.50; students free with valid student ID.  This production is sponsored in part by the Britten-Pears Foundation

Important Reminder!
Please note that all autumn performances are in Sturm Hall
at 2000 E. Asbury St. and NOT in the new
Newman Center for the Performing Arts!

The Colorado Britten Society is proud to be sponsoring Britain's premier chamber ensemble in a visit to Denver on April 8-9, 2003, during which they will present two concerts and a masterclass.  The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's best known chamber groups and, through the dedication of its founder and Artistic Director, Amelia Freedman, and the caliber of its players, it has gained a similar reputation all over the world. Their repertoire is vast, and the innovative and unusual programs are as finely architectured as the beautiful Nash terraces in London from which the group takes its name.  The group's impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colorful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works, including works of Benjamin Britten as part of a continuing British composers series for Hyperion Records. 

We are currently raising funds to sponsor this remarkable opportunity to hear and learn from this dazzling chamber ensemble.  If you would like to help us raise the necessary funds, or would simply like to make a donation, please contact us at 303-722-6715.   The evening concert will be part of the Augustana Arts Concert Series at Augustana Lutheran Church.  The masterclass and other events will take place at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.  Look for more information in our January Newsletter!