In celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten, Classical 91.5 presents two specials on Friday, November 22. The first program, Benjamin Britten: The Beauty of Loneliness and of Pain, a two-hour documentary in which leading Britten authorities and performers reflect on the inspirations behind his art and his communicative power as musician and man, airs at 12 p.m. Among the contributors are soprano Phyllis Curtin, tenor Ian Bostridge, baritones John-Shirley Quirk, Thomas Hampson, Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Keenlyside, bass Sir John Tomlinson, pianist and accompanist Graham Johnson, as well as members of the English Chamber Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
That evening at 8 p.m. tune in for Eastman School of Music Presents: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a powerful choral masterpiece denouncing war and honoring the fallen. Taped in May 2013, the concert, conducted by William Weinert, featured Eastman School student soloists Laura Osgood, soprano, Matthew Valverde, tenor, and Benjamin Curtis, baritone, the Eastman Rochester Chorus, Eastman Chorale, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman Children’s Chorus.