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Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society & Glee Club

Three Hop ensembles combine to perform Britten’s War Requiem

Saturday, May 23, 2020
7:30pm – 10:30pm
Hopkins Center 123 Spaulding Auditorium
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Performances
Fee required. Tickets required.

English composer Benjamin Britten was commissioned to write this for the 1963 consecration of a London cathedral destroyed in Nazi blitzes. The 50-year-old English composer poured into the work the angst of the first half of the 20th century, creating a masterpiece of emotional and moral depth and musical ingenuity. Combining the Latin Requiem Mass with the wartime poetry of British writer Wilfred Owen, the work is a moving prayer for peace that sounds every bit as relevant today as it did when first performed more than 50 years ago.


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