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Britten's War Requiem: Oregon Symphony

7:30 pm., Sunday November 03 | $27-$71.
[GIVE PEACE A CHANCE] One of the great large-scale, nonliturgical masses, the War Requiem was composed by British pacifist Benjamin Britten, a luminary of 20th-century classical music. He was commissioned to write this piece in commemoration of the consecration of the Coventry Cathedral nearly two decades after the 14th-century original was bombed in World War II. Employing a full orchestra and a boys choir, the finale unites all three with overwhelming results. Verdi’s “Requiem” is an obvious stylistic influence, the standard Latin texts juxtaposed with Wilfred Owen’s wartime poetry. War Requiem has had a long, successful life, with hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, a film of the same name directed by Derek Jarman and a 2002 performance organized by the Crass Collective.

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Phone: 248-4335
Address: 1037 SW Broadway
Website: www.pcpa.com

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