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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

Sembrich Honoring Centennial of Birth of British Composer, Benjamin Britten

Lake George Mirror Clip July 5, 2013

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, arguably the most popular composer ever to be produced by the British Isles, and The Sembrich is taking advantage of the opportunity to bring his music to Lake George for the first time in decades.

On July 7, the chamber quartet, ‘Music from Salem,’ will present “Britten: Influences and Intimacies.”

Violist Lila Brown, the founder of ‘Music from Salem’ will be joined by violinist Sharon Roffman, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Judith Gordon in a recital featuring works by Britten, Britten’s teacher Frank Bridge, and Purcell and Mozart, both of whom influenced Britten.

“I thought it would be interesting to expand the palette to include those who influenced Britten profoundly: his beloved teacher, Frank Bridge;Mozart and Purcell,” says Lila Brown. “The program begins with the youthful work Elegy, written for solo viola in 1930, the day after Britte left school. We end with the mature cello sonata of 1961, the first of five pieces written for Rostropovitch”

The concert, with an admission price of $25, starts at 7:30 pm.

On July 8, as part of its Summer Film Series at the Bolton Free Library, The Sembrich will present Wes Anderson’s ‘Monrise Kingdom,’ which was inspired by the music of Britten. The score includes portions of Noye’s Fludde, the opera which brings together the two children whose love story is featured in the film, as well as music from Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and other works.

The Sembrich’s celebration of Britten concludes with a studio talk by music critic Peter Wynne on July 10.

Wynne will discuss Britten’s work for the lyric stage, focusing on representative titles from the many operatic genres he worked in. His discussion will be illustrated with audio and video examples.

“This lecture brings to The Sembrich audience an appreciation of the unique and compelling voice that established Britten as the most widely-produced composer of operas in the English Language,” saud Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo.

Wynne’s presentation begins at 1:30 pm. Admission is $10.


The Sembrich is located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing. For more information, call 644- 2431.