Benjamin Britten
Editor's Note

Since the founding of the Colorado Britten Society back in December, 2001, we have seen many exciting developments that would have seemed fanciful to us during those first days.  Our Gala Inaugural Concert of April 30, 2002, was a rousing success.  It brought together renown artists such as opera singer Kenneth Cox, guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, and wonderful local musicians including cellist Richard vonFoerster, pianist Alix Corboy, and tenor Charles V. Johnson along with a chamber choir and chamber orchestra, conducted by CBS Music Director, David M. Key, in celebration of the music of Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell.  

During the summer months, we turned our attention towards Central City Opera's stunning production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.   Along with actively promoting the opera, we gathered a group of over twenty opera fans to attend the performance on July 16, which also marked the 70th anniversary of Central City Opera.   Superlatives such as "magical" and "enchanting" may seem cliché on the surface, but are nonetheless wholly accurate descriptions of the production.

In August, Colorado Britten Society
Music Director, David Key, was
fortunate to visit Aldeburgh, England,
where Britten lived and worked for
much of his life.  He was able to visit
many Britten landmarks and meet
with the wonderful and scholarly
people of the Britten-Pears Library
and Britten Estate.  You may read
more about David's visit in this

In the coming weeks, we are excited to be presenting our second concert- The Lamont Artist-Faculty Concert featuring chamber music of Britten and Shostakovich, on Monday, October 28 and also we will be presenting a concert performance of Britten's opera The Turn of the Screw, on Friday, November 22.  You will find more information about both of these performances in this newsletter.   Finally, we are enormously proud to be presenting the world renowned Nash Ensemble of London next April.  The Nash Ensemble is England's premier chamber ensemble, and their visit to Denver will surely be a memorable experience!

It is our hope that you will be able to join us for our upcoming events!  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to help.   Our website is at, our email address is, and our phone number is 303-722-6715. 

Tracie Price
Artistic Director
Colorado Britten Society

David at the Britten-Pears Library