Curlew River with Cantate Chamber Singers

Cantate Chamber Singers continue their Benjamin Britten centennial season with a rare concert performance of Britten’s first one-act “church parable” opera, Curlew River, staged with original choreography in the Japanese Noh theater tradition by Shizumi Manale and presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Other soloists are Joseph Dietrich, tenor, and Steven Combs, baritone.

The wonder of Britten’s church parable style is the way small, simple musical gestures combine to open up vast contemplative spaces. But don’t just take my word for it: Anne Midgette highlights this concert on her spring classical roundup in The Washington Post.

Also featured is the world premiere of Chidori for women’s voices and koto by Gary Davison.

Sunday, Mar. 23, 4:00 p.m.
All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
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