Benjamin Britten and Literature
A two-day conference, February 20-21, cosponsored by the UCLA Departments of Musicology and Comparative Literature, the RU Nelson Fund, the Friends of English, the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory, the UCLA Division of Humanities, and LA Opera.
Thursday, February 20, 20141:00 PM
11360 Young Research Library (Feb. 20)
Popper Auditorium, Schoenberg Hall (Feb. 21)
In honor of the British composer Benjamin Britten’s birth in 1913, “Britten 100” celebrations are being organized all over the world, including the “Britten 100 in NYC” and the “Britten 100/LA” festivals, which will include hundreds of concerts and other events. LA Opera is in the midst of a three year Britten cycle, which will conclude with their performances of Billy Budd in February 2014. In conjunction with the opening of Billy Budd, Robert Fink (UCLA Department of Musicology), Efrain Kristal (UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese), and Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA Departments of English and Comparative Literature) are organizing a conference on “Benjamin Britten and Literature” at UCLA on Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21, 2014. Maestro James Conlon of LA Opera has agreed to present a keynote address for the conference on February 20, and also to deliver two other talks on Britten at UCLA as a prelude to the conference on February 6 and 13.
Thursday, February 20 (11360 Young Research Library)
1:00 Christopher Chowrimootoo (Notre Dame University)
“The Turn of the Screw, or: the Gothic Melodrama of Modernism”
2:00 Arman Schwartz (University of Birmingham)
“‘I have also read books’: Reading and Performing in Britten’s Operas”
3:00 Ryan Minor (SUNY Stonybrook)
“Songs and Space in Billy Budd”
5:00 Maestro James Conlon
Friday, February 21 (Popper Auditorium, Schoenberg Hall)
1:00 Jonathan Neufeld (The College of Charleston)
“’So much is confusion!’ Britten and the public role of expressive ambiguity”
2:00 Heather Wiebe (King’s College London)
“Discovering America: From Paul Bunyan to Peter Grimes”
3:30 Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)
“Repeating, Remembering, Passacaglia: ‘Weak’ Britten”
4:30 Mitchell Morris (UCLA)
“Britten’s Middle Ways: Aesthetics of Belief in ‘The Holy Sonnets of John Donne’”
Cost : Free and open to the public.
for event website.
Related Document: Celebrating-Benjamin-Britten-ja-4oh.pdf
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Comparative Literature, Musicology, the RU Nelson Fund, the Friends of English, the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory, the UCLA Division of Humanities, LA Opera