Twentieth-century composer Benjamin Britten and Baroque composer Henry Purcell are considered the two greatest masters of classical music in Britain. But the connection between them runs much deeper. Britten's belief in the value of Purcell's works resulted in a rebirth of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Britten used a Purcell melody in his enormously influential A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. On the program for this evening are Purcell's My Heart is Inditing and Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia and Choral Dances from Gloriana, and Britten's realization of songs by Purcell, with guest artist Roger Isaacs, countertenor. With this concert, Cantate launches a celebration of Britten's centenary that will extend into the 2013-2014 season and include performances of several the composer's important, rarely presented works--among them Curlew River, his parable for church performance based on Japanese Noh theater, to be presented by Cantate with newly commissioned choreography by Bowen McCauley Dance.