Curious Flights Presents "A Britten Celebration"
Curious Flights celebrates Benjamin Britten's centennial on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 with a program showcasing some of the composer's rarely performed works. Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Marin Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale will lead the West Coast Premiere of Britten's Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, with Brenden Guy as soloist.
The early sketches for this concerto, written in 1941 and intended for American clarinetist Benny Goodman, were impounded by U.S. Customs and as a result, the concerto was never completed. In 1990, eminent British composer Colin Matthews revived and orchestrated the complete sketch of the first movement, before creating a three-movement representational concerto in 2007 based on sketches from two separate incomplete works written by Britten during the same time.
Tenor Brian Thorsett will perform Canticle III Op. 55: Still Falls the Rain alongside Kevin Rivard, Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Principal Horn of the San Francisco Ballet, and pianist Ulysses Loken. In March 2010, Mr. Thorsett and Mr. Rivard performed Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with New Century Chamber Orchestra, with Lisa Hirsch of San Francisco Classical Voice writing that Thorsett brought "a rare combination of virtues to the work: a strikingly beautiful lyric tenor voice and the kind of musical intelligence that was characteristic of Pears' singing" and adding that "Rivard matched Thorsett in all this variety and beauty, and brought to the difficult horn part sovereign confidence and virtuosity."
The program will also feature Movement for Wind Sextet performed by Valinor Winds and Phantasy in F minor for String Quintet by Friction Quartet with Jason Pyszkowski as guest violist.
Britten - Movement for Wind Sextet
Sasha Launer, flute
Jessie Huntsman, oboe
Brenden Guy, clarinet
Jeannie Psomas, bass clarinet
Alexis Luque, bassoon
Caitlyn Smith, horn
Britten - Phantasy Quintet in F minor
Kevin Rogers, violin
Otis Harriel, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jason Pyszkowski, viola
Doug Machiz, cello
Britten - Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Kevin Rivard, horn
Ulysses Loken, piano
Britten, Matthews - Movements for a Clarinet Concerto
Curious Flights Symphony Orchestra
Alasdair Neale, conductor
Brenden Guy, clarinet
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (View)
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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