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When

Occurs on Saturday February 16 2019

Approximate running time: 1 hour

Venue

Hill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor MI 48104

Performance Notes

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Saturday, February 16 | 8:00 PM

Hill Auditorium

UMS Choral Union

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Scott Hanoian, conductor

with

Tatiana Pavlovskaya, soprano

Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

Stephen Powell, baritone


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 its horror, devastation, and futility.
The work, dedicated to four of Britten’s friends who were killed during World War II, 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, organ, a chamber orchestra that accompanies the soloists, and a children’s choir.

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