Benjamin Britten en Britten Serenade, Spring Symphony from NY <p>Join us Thursday at 7PM as the New York Philharmonic performs two masterpieces of Benjamin Britten to honor his centennial. In both works, Britten took his texts from great English poets: Tennyson, Keats, Blake and others in the <em>Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings</em>, and Milton, Blake, Spenser, Auden among others in the <em>Spring Symphony.</em> Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloists include soprano Kate Royal and tenor Paul Appleby (fresh from his success at the Met in Nico Muhly's <em>Two Boys</em>).</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 05:09:12 +0000 Barney Sherman 34032 at Britten Serenade, Spring Symphony from NY Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical <p>Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:43:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 32494 at Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM <p>They seemed &nbsp;opposite: Mstislav Rostropovich, the fiery Soviet cellist, Benjamin Britten&nbsp; the cool-tempered English composer. But they shared uncompromising convictions about social issues and musical genius. On Wednesday's <em>Performance Today </em>Coleman Itzkoff, - PT"s Young Artist in Residence - brings to life music that Britten wrote for Rostropovich.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 03:07:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 22678 at Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM