Britten Centennial Collaboration

A first-time ever collaboration between BCCM, the Thornton School of Music, the Colburn Orchestra, the LA Children’s Choirs, and CSUF will be conducted by maestro James Conlon at Disney Hall in November 2013. The combined ensembles will perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Mr. Conlon is currently engaged in a three-year project to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten culminating in 2013. A long-time devotee of Britten’s music, the project includes six different Britten operas, as well as symphonic and choral works performed in the U.S. and Europe.  Mr. Conlon is music director of Los Angeles Opera (since 2006), the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (since 2005).

He has conducted more than 260 performances at the Metropolitan Opera since his debut in 1976. He has also appeared at Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in London, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Teatro del Opera di Roma. In the course of his career, he has conducted more than ninety operas and several hundred symphonic and choral works.

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