Benjamin Britten

William Bascomb

This Sunday, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus will perform “The Ancients Speak: Old English.” It’s the third in a series of concerts showcasing compositions inspired by ancient languages, from Greek to Slavic.

Benjamin Britten in 1968

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - When music director David Robertson takes the podium Saturday to lead the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” light will shine brighter on an already luminous musical tradition in St. Louis. That tradition is the unusual concentration of performances here of music composed by the celebrated musical polymath, a history distinguished by quality and creativity, most certainly -- but also by the sheer frequency of productions.