Happy 100th Birthday, Benjamin Britten! at Trinity Cathedral

Press Release
Contact: April Miller, 216-774-0479, amiller@dohio.org

Todd Wilson, Trinity’s Director of Music and Worship, is available for interviews.


Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.   Freewill offering

CLEVELAND—Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral presents a gala concert in honor of one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Todd Wilson conducts the Trinity Cathedral Choir, Trinity Chamber Singers and Trinity Chamber Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

In addition to the Friday evening concert, Music & Art’s celebration of Britten includes a pre-concert lecture as well as two Wednesday mid-day concerts.

Britten—a celebrated composer, conductor and pianist—was born Nov. 22, 1913 in Suffolk, England. The concert program includes:

Britten: Hymn to Saint Cecilia, Op. 27       
(Trinity Chamber Singers)

Britten: Canticle II Abraham and Isaac, Op. 51
(John McElliott, countertenor; JR Fralick, tenor)

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30         
(Trinity Cathedral Choir)

 Bach: Cantata 11 Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen
(Trinity Cathedral Choir, Trinity Chamber Singers, Trinity Chamber Orchestra)

Insight into Britten’s life and his music, with particular attention to the works on the gala concert program will be provided in a pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cliff Hill, president of Cliff Hill Music, Inc. and a member of the Cathedral Choir and Trinity Chamber Singers, is the guest speaker.

“Benjamin Britten is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He had a special gift for setting colorful English texts to music that is both unique and unforgettable,” says Todd Wilson, Director of Music and Worship. “It seems especially appropriate that Britten was born on St. Cecilia’s Day (Nov. 22), when we honor the patron saint of music. Join us as we offer a festive musical tribute to this towering genius on his 100th birthday!”


Happy 100th Birthday, Benjamin Britten!
Friday, November 22 

7:30 p.m.

Freewill offering

Pre-concert lecture
Friday, November 22  6:30 p.m.

The Gallery at Trinity


BrownBag Concerts
November 20  12:10 p.m.

Tenor JR Fralick, countertenor John McElliott, and pianist Todd Wilson perform three of Britten’s magnificent Canticles, including the dramatic Abraham and Isaac.

December 11  12:10 p.m.
A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten

The sopranos and altos of the Trinity Cathedral Choir with harpist Jody Guinn present this holiday favorite.

Sponsors: Stephen and Patricia Roberts

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. The Cathedral’s parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.trinitycleveland.org or call 216-774-0420.

About Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral:
Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral is a multi-faceted community arts organization that produces a free Brownbag Concert Series, collaborative arts programs, the annual Medieval Feast, and a variety of other arts-oriented programs, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations.  Each season, Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral produces or presents more than 40 events in the areas of music, dance, literature, theatre and the visual arts. Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral is led by Todd Wilson, Director of Music and Worship.

About Todd Wilson:
Todd Wilson, one of America’s leading concert organists, became Trinity’s director of music and worship March 1, 2011. Prior to that Wilson had been the cathedral’s organist and artist-in-residence since late 2009. A native Ohioan, he was director of music and organist at The Church of the Covenant in Cleveland for 19 years, and continues as head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also organ curator of the recently restored Norton Memorial Organ (E. M. Skinner, 1931) in Severance Hall, and is house organist at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, where he plays the restored 1915 Aeolian organ. Wilson has been heard in concert in many major cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including concerts at Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center, and Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee.