The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) continues its 2013/2014 centennial birthday celebration for British composer Benjamin Britten. The most prominent British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, (1913-1976) is widely known for his operas and orchestral works. CCM kicked off its festival by focusing on the composer’s chamber music during fall 2013.
The Britten Film Festival continues CCM’s celebration with showings through winter and spring done in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago, Merit School of Music, The Music Institute of Chicago, and The Center on Halsted. The Festival features four different films offering a free, in depth look at the life and works of Benjamin Britten through the medium of film. All showings are free and open to the public.
January 12: Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was engages in a comprehensive exploration of the composer’s life and place in the canon of twentieth century music.
(1:00 p.m. at Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 South Peoria Street, Chicago)
February 6: Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, tells the tale of tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore—and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. (© Focus Features) This work makes prominent use of Britten’s Simple Symphony and opera for children, Noye’s Fludde.
(7:00 p.m. at Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th Floor, Chicago)
February 8: (Double Feature!): Let’s Make an Opera at 4:00 p.m. and Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was at 7:00 p.m.
(Music Institute of Chicago, 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston)
February 22: The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. This documentary delves into the life of Britten and his relationship with Peter Pears through his masterpieces Peter Grimes, Death in Venice, and the War Requiem.
(1:00 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Street, Chicago)
April 17: The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.
(7:00 p.m. at Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th Floor, Chicago
About CCM: Founded in 1986, The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) is currently celebrating its 27th society of musicians and music devotees committed to building an internationally recognized chamber music institution in Chicago. Since its inception, CCM has launched a critically and popularly-acclaimed subscription series; a touring program; the annual Family Concerts; and a remarkable set of community service programs. For 2013/2014, CCM features a centenary birthday celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten as part of its Signature Series and continues its long-running collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 98.7WFMT to present the free First Monday Concert Series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.
A leader in new music, CCM has commissioned 18 new works and collaborated with eminent composers such as John Corigliano, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Perle, Paquito D’Rivera, Richard Wilson, Joan Tower, and the late Peter Lieberson with recordings on labels: Summit Records, Naxos Records, Cedille Records, and Pollyrhythm Productions. In September 2013, CCM released its latest recording The Coming of Light on the Summit label. In 2011, CCM launched EncoreCCM (EncoreCCM.org), an online archive of CCM recordings and program notes, free to the public. Annually, CCM shares the joy of chamber music with more than 300,000 radio listeners, audience members and students throughout Chicago.