Three university cello professors have joined talents to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of composer Benjamin Britten’s birth in three free public concerts around the midstate next week.
MTSU cello professor Christine Kim will be joined by Felix Wang of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and Eli Lara of Austin Peay State University to perform at: • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Mabry Hall in Austin Peay’s Center for Creative Arts in Clarksville. • 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building in Murfreesboro. • 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Vanderbilt’s Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall at the Blair School in Nashville. Each concert will feature composer Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1, Opus 72; Cello Suite No. 2, Opus 80; and Cello Suite No. 3 Opus 87.
“This is a rare opportunity to hear all three Britten suites in one evening,” said Kim, an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed for concert series across the United States, including Da Camera of Houston, the Foundation for Modern Music, and Musiqa, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the La Crosse, Evanston, Madison, and Milwaukee Symphonies.
“Each suite creates an engrossing and unusual sound world, and I'm very excited about this collaboration.”