The University of Arizona School of Music will present “A Barber/Britten Music + Festival: Symposium, Concerts and Film,” directed by professor and composer Daniel Asia, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.
American composer Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” is a classical music standard that can be heard in several major films, including “Platoon,” says Asia, while Benjamin Britten, a 20th century British composer, is known for his theatrical works such as “Peter Grimes.”
The featured guest artist is Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams. Included in his concert on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall will be a performance of Asia’s “Psalm 30,” which was commissioned by Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio, and first performed by Cantor Jack Chomsky in 1986.
“‘Psalm 30,’ a song for the dedication of the house, is about the transformation from fear and trepidation, to one of belief in the powers and wonder of God.,” says Asia.