In the provided information about First Muse's next concert, "British Buddies," Artistic Director and violist Melissa Matson is pretty direct in describing the program. "The genesis of this concert was my desire to collaborate with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey," she says. Griffey, a Grammy-winning vocalist, recently joined the Eastman School of Music as a professor of voice. Matson says Griffey suggested a performance of Frank Bridge's "Three Songs for Voice, Viola, and Piano," and from there it's easy to see the thought-process behind the rest of Sunday's program. Bridge — whose "Pensiero" and "Allegro appassionato" will open the concert and "Three Songs" will close — was a teacher to Benjamin Britten, whose "Lachrymae" and "Folk Songs, Volume 6" appear on this program. Britten's "Lachrymae" is a variation on English Renaissance composer John Dowland's work, so of course Dowland's "Lachrimae pavane" and "Piper's Galliarde" will be performed. Rounding out the program is Bridge contemporary Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Suite for Viola and Piano." Sunday's concert features Matson; Griffey; pianist Kurt Galvan; and lutist Lynn McGrath.
"British Buddies" will be performed Sunday, November 19, at First Unitarian Church, 220 South Winton Road. 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $5 student; $30 family max. firstmuse.org.