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Britten: War Requiem

Benjamin Britten22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976
Benjamin Britten
22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976
Britten: War Requiem
CHICAGO  •  Symphony Center  •  Ongoing
Britten: War Requiem, op. 66

On the title page of War Requiem the Benjamin Britten quotes Wilfred Owen: “My subject is War, and the pity of War / The Poetry is in the pity … / All a poet can do today is warn.” A gripping condemnation of war and a call for reconciliation and peace, Britten’s monumental work is one of the masterpieces of 20th century music. Scored for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus, boys’ choir, plus large and chamber orchestras, it was composed for the consecration of the new St. Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, England. The new structure was built alongside and incorporated the ruins of the original 14th century cathedral that had been destroyed—along with most of the city—by the German Luftwaffe on 14-15 November 1940. Some five years later, on 13, 14, and 15 February 1945, England’s Royal Air Force and the US Air Force repaid this devastation by razing the German city of Dresden, wreaking even greater havoc on people and property. The War Requiem was conceived as a gesture of reconciliation.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Tatiana Pavlovskaya, soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, chorus director
Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Tel: (1) 312 294 30 00

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