Cantilena Chamber Choir Britten 100
Date: October 13, 2013
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Cantilena Chamber Choir
Benjamin Britten 100th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
Trinity Church, Lenox
LENOX, MA. — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a Benjamin Britten 100th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. The performance at Trinity Church will feature Rejoice in the Lamb, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Festival Te Deum, Hymn to the Virgin and selections from Five Flower Songs. Also on the program are two Part Songs that provide a rare glimpse of the earliest choral music of Britten. Schenectady-based organist Trevor Kahlbaugh will accompany all of the choral works for organ.
Special guests on the program are the South Hadley Children’s Chorus: West Choir directed by Catharine Melhorn, and the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus Concert Choir directed by K.C. Conlan. They will sing Britten’s Friday Afternoons, twelve children’s songs with piano accompaniment. Ms. Melhorne served 36 years as Choral Director at Mount Holyoke College and was President of the American Choral Directors Association, Massachusetts chapter. Ms. Conlan teaches vocal music at The Common School in Amherst.
All tickets are $20 and are available at the door or in advance by email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 518-791-0185. Trinity Church is located at 88 Walker Street in Lenox. Those interested in more information can visit www.cantilenachoir.org.
ABOUT BRITTEN 100
The Cantilena performance is part of Britten 100. It celebrates the centenary of the composer Benjamin Britten, who was born on November 22, 1913, It encompasses over 1,500 performances in more than 140 cities around the world from September 2012 to August 2014, and is coordinated by the Britten-Pears Foundation. britten100.org
Now in its tenth anniversary season, the award winning Cantilena Chamber Choir, housed at Lenox’s historical Trinity Church, is the Berkshire region’s leading chamber choir. For three seasons it has been heard on a special WMHT Christmas Eve radio broadcast of Lessons and Carols recorded at the church. In its short history, the Choir has collaborated with over ten local non-profit institutions, including the New England Baroque Soloists, Aston Magna and The Empire Brass. In 2010 it appeared with Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer in the Hancock Shaker Village’s 50th Anniversary Gala program of Shaker songs. Past season highlights include a concert of works by Shostakovich, an all-Berkshire composer concert, and special benefits for the Lenox Library and the Berkshire Immigrant Center. Recent appearances include a special presentation produced by WGBY TV in Springfield called “Together in Song” a celebration of choral singing in Western New England. The choir has received Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson grant for the Music in the Museum program at the Berkshire Museum.