The Wake Forest choirs will begin the 2013-14 concert season with a program entitled “Benjamin Britten and His Choral Legacy”, featuring the Wake Forest Concert Choir, the Collegium Musicum Vocal Ensemble, and the Wake Forest Chamber Choir.
Britten, who was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England in 1913, is considered the leading choral composer of the twentieth century and the 100th anniversary of his birth is being celebrated worldwide with concerts featuring his compositions.
Concert Choir will present the composer’s most important works for the Anglican Church, featuring the Jubilate Deo in C and the Te Deum in C. Collegium will sing the Gloria from Britten’s Missa Brevis in D and The Evening Primrose from Five Flower Songs.
Chamber Choir will perform two of the composer’s most challenging works for small choir, including Marsh Flowers, composed on a text by George Crabbe, whose poetry described the provincial life of Suffolk and was an inspiration to Britten.
The audience will be asked to sing with the choirs to close the program with Tallis’s Canon from Noye’s Fludde.
Joanne Inkman will accompany the choirs on piano and organ. Brian Gorelick, conductor.
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