Sunday Jun 9, 2013
Music, poetry and visuals come together for a lovely morning of art.
Oboe Phantasy and Flute Quartet.
Benjamin Britten is one of England's most celebrated composers, and is even considered one of the greatest composers of Opera in history by many scholars, in league with the likes of Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart. His “Phantasy” for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello was completed when Britten was a student at the Royal College of Music in London, at the age of 19. The work was completed in 1932 for a competition established by writer and amateur musician, Walter Cobbett. While the Phantasy was not awarded the prize, a subsequent broadcast of the work on BBC radio helped to establish the young composer's place as a leading voice of English composition in the 20th century.
Oboist, Melissa Peña will perform the work at Sunday Chatter on June 9th, along with David Felberg and James Holland. Completing the program will be a flute quartet by Mozart, performed by local flute virtuoso and Chatter regular, Jesse Tatum.
The spoken word portion of the program will be by poet Gregory Martin, the author of the memoir “Stories For Boys,” named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Martin’s first book, “Mountain City,” received a Washington State Book Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and is referred to by some people in Mountain City as “the book.” His work has appeared in The Sun, The Kenyon Review Online, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches in the MFA Program and serves as Director of UNM’s Combined BA/MD Degree Program. Martin has received the University of New Mexico Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
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