February 22 Britten, Boulanger and Debussy

lorelei ensemble

Britten, Boulanger and Debussy 
Featuring the recently formed Boston Symphony Children's Choir in this performance, Benjamin Britten's choral cycle Friday Afternoons was written in 1933-35 for the boys of his brother's prep school, whose music class met on Friday afternoons. Very English, in some ways folksong-like, this children's piece has unexpected expressive and musical depths.

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lorelei Ensemble
Beth Willer, Artistic Director
Boston Symphony Children's Choir
James Burton, conductor

BRITTEN Friday Afternoons, for children's chorus and orchestra
BOULANGER D'un Soir Triste
DEBUSSY Notcurnes (24 min)

Featuring the recently formed Boston Symphony Children's Choir in this performance, Benjamin Britten's choral cycle Friday Afternoons was written in 1933-35 for the boys of his brother's prep school, whose music class met on Friday afternoons. Very English, in some ways folksong-like, this children's piece has unexpected expressive and musical depths. The program continues with Lili Boulanger's short tone poem, D'un Soir triste ("A somber evening"), one of few purely orchestral works completed by this young genius before her untimely death in 1918 at age twenty-four, and concludes with Debussy's immensely colorful Nocturnes, an 1899 masterpiece of musical Impressionism.