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December 14, 2017 6:30pm | Private residence, Upper West Side NYC

"What does it mean to be an artist in our modern age?"

What is the modern age? 

It’s an age where we care a lot about other people’s opinions. 

There are many influences, styles, motivations (like money and fame), desires, that are not necessarily yours.

In such a time, how do you find your artistic voice in society?

Let us channel Benjamin Britten and hear what he has to say, in his own words. 

Program

Suite for Violin and Piano, Op.6

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

Cello Suite No.1, Op. 72

Performers

Mari Lee, violin 

David Fung, piano

Mihai Marica, cello

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Simon Lee, medium/Benjamin Britten

 
“There are many dangers which hedge round the unfortunate composer: pressure groups which demand true proletarian music, snobs who demand the latest avant-garde tricks; critics who are already trying to document today for tomorrow... These people are dangerous because they may make the composer self-conscious, and instead of writing his own music, music which springs naturally from his gift and personality, he may be frightened into writing pretentious nonsense or deliberate obscurity.”
— Benjamin Britten, 1964

September 22, 2018 | San Antonio, TX

CMI presents Salon Séance

Britten and Auden’s personal War

Join us to ponder the question “How do I live in a broken world?” by exploring the relationship between two British exiles— the composer Benjamin Britten and the poet W.H. Auden. 

 

Program

String Quartet No.1 (1941)

Suite for Violin and Piano, Op.6 selections

String Quartet No.2 (1945)

Artistic collaborators

Rebecca Anderson, violin

Simon Lee, researcher

Mari Lee, violin 

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Mihai Marica, cello

Andreea Mut, piano

Mikael Södersten, artistic advisor 

Sagine Valla, actor 

Noelle P. Wilson, playwright


October 18, 2018 7pm | New York City

Salon Séance at Tarisio Auctions

Britten and Auden’s personal War

Join us to ponder the question “How do I live in a broken world?” by exploring the relationship between two British exiles— the composer Benjamin Britten and the poet W.H. Auden. 

 

Program

String Quartet No.1 (1941)

Suite for Violin and Piano, Op.6 selections

String Quartet No.2 (1945)

Artistic collaborators

Rebecca Anderson, violin

Simon Lee, researcher

Mari Lee, violin 

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Mihai Marica, cello

Julia Hamos, piano

Mikael Södersten, artistic advisor 

Sagine Valla, actor 

Noelle P. Wilson, playwright

 

February 18-24, 2019 | Yellow Barn Artist Residency, Putney, VT

"How do I live in a broken world?"

Program

String Quartet No.1 (1941)

String Quartet No.2 (1945)

Performers

Brandon Garbot, violin

Simon Lee, researcher

Mari Lee, violin 

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Mihai Marica, cello

Philip Stoddard, actor