April 2 concert to celebrate 100th birthday of composer Benjamin Britten

The Catamount Concert Series at Western Carolina University will continue Tuesday, April 2, with a performance marking the 100th birthday of British composer Benjamin Britten.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. It is open to the public free of charge.

“Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century,” said Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of piano. “This concert celebrates the extraordinary range of this British genius, including some of his lesser-known instrumental and vocal works.”

The program will include “The Cabaret Songs,” sung by Susan Belcher, wife of WCU Chancellor David Belcher and a professional opera vocalist; “A Charm of Lullabies,” sung by Kristen Hedberg of the WCU School of Music; “Two Insect Pieces,” performed by oboist Terri Armfield of the School of Music; “Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca” and “Mazurka Elegiaca,” performed by the two-piano team of Andrew Adams and Bradley Martin of the School of Music; “Concert Piece for Jimmy,” performed by Asheville High School student and timpanist Ghilman Brock; and “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury,” performed by trumpeters Amy Cherry and Bradley Ulrich of the School of Music.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.