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Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00 PM // Hill Auditorium

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten was commissioned to write his War Requiem for the re-consecration of Britain’s Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940. The lifelong pacifist with deeply humanitarian beliefs had been thinking about writing a work that addressed the bloodshed and sorrow of war for many years, and this work provided his most powerful demonstration of the horror, devastation, futility, and utter waste of war.

The work, dedicated to four of Britten’s friends who were killed during World War I, mixes the Latin words of the Mass for the Dead with poetry of Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action just one week before World War I ended. The work, which has never been performed on a UMS concert, requires huge forces, including large orchestra and chorus, two organs, a chamber orchestra that accompanies the soloists, and a boys’ choir.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00 PM // Hill Auditorium
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

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2/16/19 8:00 PM
Hill Auditorium

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

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Benjamin Britten was commissioned to write his War Requiem for the re-consecration of Britain’s Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940. The lifelong pacifist with deeply humanitarian beliefs had been thinking about writing a work that addressed the bloodshed and sorrow of war for many years, and this work provided his most powerful demonstration of the horror, devastation, futility, and utter waste of war.

The work, dedicated to four of Britten’s friends who were killed during World War I, mixes the Latin words of the Mass for the Dead with poetry of Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action just one week before World War I ended. The work, which has never been performed on a UMS concert, requires huge forces, including large orchestra and chorus, two organs, a chamber orchestra that accompanies the soloists, and a boys’ choir.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00 PM, Hill Auditorium
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

PERFORMANCE DAY:

February 2019
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* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

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