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Brian Finley
20th - century
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B. Finley
Brian Finley (20th century), a Canadian musician. Brian Finley continues to pursue a multi-faceted artistic career that includes his duties as Artistic and Managing Director of the Westben Arts Festival Theatre in Campbellford. He is also Artistic Director for the Brian Finley & Friends Concert Series in Cobourg and Music Director at St. John's United Church in Campbellford. Increasingly known not only as a composer and pianist, he is also an impresario and a promoter of young musical talent. As a pianist, he has appeared in over ten international piano competitions including the 8th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and has performed with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, and at venues ranging from the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, to Wigmore Hall in London, England. He continues to tour Canada extensively with Donna Bennett.
Captivating audiences across Canada as well as in the United States and in Europe, the husband-and-wife soprano-piano team of Donna Bennett and Brian Finley show what can happen when two of Canada's finest young talents decide to unite. The result is an extraordinary musical marriage of magnificent appeal. Always revealing an engaging wit, this couple charms audiences with a vast repertoire of opera, art song, and Broadway classics as well as works for solo piano and original music.
His compositions which range from solo piano music to songs, choral works and arrangements for full symphony orchestra have been heard from Victoria to Vienna, and several, including his 70-minute Requiem for a Millennium have been published internationally by Boosey & Hawkes in New York. His several recordings include a collection of solo piano music from Wigmore Hall, in addition to many for the CBC and CFMX, and three critically acclaimed CD’s with soprano Donna Bennett, with whom he co-founded Westben. As a director, his recent productions for Westben include fully staged versions of The Sound of Music (1998), his own Requiem for a Millennium (1999) and his own musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He wrote the libretto, composed the music, directed and conducted from the keyboard, Westben’s 2001 musical extravaganza, the fully staged opera-musical SAMSON starring Mark DuBois, Donna Bennett and a cast & crew of 150 Philistines and Israelites. He is currently at work on his next opera-musical based on Rapunzel.
In 2002, Brian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work within his community and with his fellow Canadians.
Requiem for a Millennium
Composed in:1999
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + English text
Requiem for a Millennium for soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), narrator, synthesizer and piano.
Donna Bennett
and Brian Finley