Salon Séance for Benjamin Britten
On December 4, 2019, Benjamin Britten will have officially been dead for 43 years. Generally speaking, it’s tough to track people down after that long, but given our particular proclivity for all things posthumous, we managed to find a way – though not without some help from violinist Mari Lee, and her merry band of musical gravediggers and spirit conjurors.
On the anniversary of his death, these performers will summon the spirit of the composer via a carefully-crafted program, tracing his life through a series of musical movements mixed with read letters and reflections. At the heart of the narrative is Britten’s relationship with poet W.H. Auden, and their struggle to find an answer to a question that remains ever-more relevant in our present day: ‘How can we live in a broken world?’