Georgetown music fest celebrates Britons

May 25, 2017 by  

Residents in Georgetown and the surrounding areas are greatly anticipating the Thirteenth Annual Georgetown Festival of the Arts.

The event brings together a variety of classical music and symposiums for two weekends full of entertainment, and is once again being organized by Ellsworth Peterson. Professor emeritus at Southwestern University, Peterson is an expert on classical music and has used this knowledge to create a unique experience for Georgetown.

Every year the festival focuses on a small number of composers. Years past have seen performances of Debussey, Schubert, Brahms, and more. This year, three British composers take center stage: Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Benjamin Britten.

The fest will have a number of symposiums discussing these composers, culminating in a panel discussion on British composers and also a showing of the film Curlew River created for PBS by Benjamin Britten.

Guests will also have a wide sampling of performances to choose from. A variety of locations around Georgetown will host performances of work like ‘A Charm of Lullabies’ by Britten, ‘English Folk Song Suite’ by Williams, and ‘Salut d’Amour’ by Elgar. The final concert will be held in San Gabriel Park and will feature a firework display at the end. A full list of concerts and locations can be found on the event flyers.

The Georgetown Festival of the Arts will start this Saturday, May 27, and continue until June 4 at a variety of places in the city. Admission is $25 for the concert series and $5 per symposium. For more information, visit the website.