Exploration shows composer and poet
PUTNEY– Yellow Barn welcomes eight newcomers for an exploration of the personal relationship between British composer Benjamin Britten and poet W.H. Auden.
String quartet musicians Mari Lee, Brandon Garbot, Ayane Kozasa, and Mihai Marica, and pianist Julia Hamos are joined by actor Philip Stoddard, scholar Simon Lee, and renowned Scandinavian film director Mikael Söderston. Together, they have created Salon Séance, an immersive and interdisciplinary experience.
Their artist residency will culminate with a semi-staged performance at Next Stage on Saturday, February 23. The event begins at 7:30 pm, lasts approximately 70 minutes, and concludes with an open discussion between musicians and audience members.
Salon Séance has won several awards, including the Britten Pears Foundation’s Britten Award. Creators Mari Lee and Simon Lee write: “Each of our projects focuses on a single composer who has left a considerable amount of writing besides their musical creations. The historian is responsible for the scholarly research and the musicians for the musical product of the composer. Our findings are shared in rehearsals through discussions on how various circumstances may have led to the composer’s musical message, and together we try to find a convincing interpretation of the works presented. The culminating presentation is interdisciplinary – combining music, theater, history, and literature.”
Britten and Auden were important figures in 20th–century British culture. They met through the GPO Film Unit, whose mission was to produce films for the General Post Office.
Tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors, $10 for students) and are available online at www.yellowbarn.org or by phone at (802) 387-6637. Tickets are also available at the door, but reservations are encouraged.