ISU’s College of Fine Arts will showcase the beloved sounds of composer Benjamin Britten on Thursday in the upcoming event Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium.
According to Dr. Justin Vickers, one of the symposium directors, Britten was an inspirational pacifist whose career catapulted in the U.S. after making his debut in 1940.
The first performance of “War Requiem” was given in May 1962 to honor the resanctification of the medieval Coventry Cathedral of Saint Michael.
“Generally speaking, we have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles and spend a considerable amount of money to attend this international conference. This event is unique to ISU because the international conference is now coming to us,” Vickers said.
The celebration will feature a mass Festival Chorus from the ISU School of Music, the ISU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as a number of soloist faculty members.
“ISU’s College of Fine Arts is incredible. This is an enormous collaborative artistic effort, and students can see what can happen with a bold vision,” Dr. Karyl Carlson, one of the symposium directors, said.
The event will include a variety of scholarly speakers and a presentation of scholarships, dance, literature, film, art and theatre.
ISU students who choose to register for the scholarly conference will have access to seven different sessions of world-class scholarship that approaches Britten’s music and his life from varied interdisciplinary perspectives.
The symposium will also present the American premiere screening of “Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach,” the film version of the critically acclaimed centerpiece from the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts.
Students can register for the event on site in the lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts.
The event will be held in the Concert Hall located in the Center for the Performing Arts.
“I hope students come to the conference to be more socially aware and responsible. We need to be active in determining what happens in future generations,” Carlson said.