When: Sun., Nov. 20 2011
English composer Benjamin Britten (1913 to 1976) was one of the 20th century's most brilliant musicians, capable of creating in a wide variety of forms while excelling as a pianist and a conductor. Under the guidance of music director Todd Wilson, downtown's Trinity Cathedral is celebrating the multifaceted composer throughout autumn with a four-concert Britten Fest. Today's 3 p.m. program features Britten's Five Canticles, written over a course of almost 30 years for various vocal and instrumental combinations. Following the concert, staffers will be serving high tea, complete with light hors d'oeuvres and dainty desserts. There's no charge, although a free-will offering will be collected. In case you aren't familiar with Trinity Cathedral, the gorgeous Gothic building at Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street dates back to 1901. Older still, the congregation's roots stretch back to 1816 with a continual emphasis on music, art, and social justice. — Cicora 2230 Euclid Ave., 216-771-3630, trinitycleveland.org.