LPO Celebrates Benjamin Britten Centennial This Weekend

Friday through Sunday, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents three performances celebrating 20th century British composer Benjamin Britten. Britten would have been 100 years old this Friday.

The Centennial Concert is Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct the LPO in four pieces that embody the composer’s choral, orchestral, and operatic work. Local dramatic tenor Tyler Smith and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join the LPO for the vocal works. Avery Fisher Grant-recipient Karen Gomyo will solo on Britten’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

A chamber concert follows on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 pm at UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Virtuoso Gomyo will be performing again alongside LPO principals and pianist Brian Hsu. The concert includes two Britten chamber works and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57. Shostakovich and Britten were mutual friends and admirers.

The celebration concludes Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 pm with an interactive family concert at Roussel Hall on Loyola University’s campus. Maestro Prieto will led the LPO and narrate “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This famous work will also be performed Friday.

Britten Centennial Celebration
Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mahalia Jackson Theater
Tickets from $20/Students $10 at the door

Britten Centennial Chamber Concert
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
UNO - Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Tickets from $35/Students $10 at the door

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Sunday, November 24
1:45 p.m. - Interactive Musician Stations
2:30 p.m. - Family Concert
Roussel Hall, Loyola University New Orleans
Children 12 and under FREE / $10 all others

Stay tuned to WTUL for ticket giveaways and visit www.lpomusic.com for complete programming and more information.