On Wednesday February 13, 6-7 p.m., Emmanuel Music presents "Winter Words," a special concert at the Boston Athenaeum comprised of highlights from its November Britten Festival, part of a season-long celebration of England’s foremost 20th century composer. This intimate concert features the artistry of one of Emmanuel Music’s most treasured longtime affiliates, tenor William Hite, whose relationship with the organization dates back more than three decades. At last Fall's festival, Steven Ledbetter's review noted Hite's "...fine form, with wonderful clarity of tone and enunciation. Over the years, he has progressed from strength to strength as a singer of songs."
With acclaimed chamber pianist Brett Hodgdon, Hite will perform Britten’s great song cycle of Thomas Hardy poems “Winter Words,” as well as the composer’s arrangements of love-themed folk songs and Purcell songs, in a nod to Valentine’s Day. In addition, violist Mark Berger and Hodgdon will perform Britten’s "Lachrymae" for viola and piano, based on a song of Dowland. Tickets range from $20-$30.