SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University music department will honor the famous late composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) with a choral celebration performance titled, “Benjamin Britten: A 100th Birthday Festival Concert” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes (1115 W. Riverside Ave.).
The concert is free and includes a post-performance reception – complete with birthday cake.
Directed by Timothy Westerhaus, the combined Gonzaga University Choirs along with organist John Bodinger will perform a rich variety of Britten’s works – including a musical celebration of “Happy Birthday.” While Britten’s actual 100th birthday falls on Nov. 22, events and activities are taking place in 140 cities worldwide in this, the composer’s centenary year. For more information, visit the following website: [http://www.britten100.org].
Britten is considered among the greatest composers of classical music in the 20th century. He is best known for his music for the voice: choral works, songs and song cycles, and – above all – a series of operas among the most engaging ever written. His first success in this genre, “Peter Grimes,” revived opera in English.
For more information, contact Timothy Westerhaus at (509) 313-6733 or via email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or visit the Gonzaga University music department’s website.