Britten Festival to highlight 70th anniversary season of UC Presents


Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm
By Lawrence A. Johnson

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten will be feted in style next season in Hyde Park with the University of Chicago Presents series marking the British composer’s centennial with a six-concert festival spread over five weeks. All three of his string quartets will be performed, along with other vocal and instrumental works featuring an array of local and guest artists.

The University of Chicago series will open its 70th anniversary season October 4 with the Jupiter Quartet performing Britten’s First and Third String Quartets and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 with violist James Dunham. Other concerts in the Britten series will take place October 6, 15 and 18 and November 8 and 10, with participating artists including the Pacifica Quartet, the Spektral Quartet, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, tenor Nicholas Phan, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and the Fretwork ensemble. There will also be an array of lectures, poetry readings and film screenings relevant to Britten and his music.

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