Benjamin Britten

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

This Sunday, the San Antonio Choral Society performs a concert at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church that aims to tell "the true story of Santa Claus," according to the group's Artistic Director, Jennifer Seighman. 

"It really begins with Nicolas," Seighman continues. “Some of the miracles associated with him, some of the legends, are what evolved into the story that we know of Santa Claus.”

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There is much to sing about in the way of holiday performances in San Antonio this weekend. Scott MacPherson, the conductor and artistic director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, details what they’re doing in their Holiday concerts.

"We are very lucky to be performing for the first time at San Fernando Cathedral," MacPherson said. "Our holiday concert is called Time for the Season! We have an invited guest choir from Judson High School under the direction of Kay Sherrill. It’s really wonderful to pair up our professional choir with a local high school group."

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

Britten was a central figure of 20th-century classical music: He was a conductor, pianist and festival producer, as well as a composer. His best-known works include the opera Billy Budd, his War Requiem and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

I'm a bit of a cynic when it comes to composer anniversaries but this year, marking 100 years since the birth of Benjamin Britten, has been absolutely fascinating for me. I am now living proof that such centenaries can indeed change the way we look at a composer and provide us with opportunities to explore their breadth and depth. In Britten I have found a new hero, a musically surprising and multi-dimensional citizen of the world.

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.