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National Philharmonic: Britten’s War Requiem
National Philharmonic
Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore

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Accessible Seating Call (301) 581-5100

Choral Masterworks: Britten’s War Requiem

Stan Engebretson, Conductor
Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Karl Dent, tenor
Leon Williams, baritone


The War Requiem, a statement of Britten’s anti-war sentiments and an urgent call for unity, was first performed in 1962 for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed during World War II. The text is compiled from the Latin Mass for the Dead and interspersed with nine poems written by Wilfred Owen, one of the great war poets. Writing to his sister after the premiere, Britten remarked, “I hope it’ll make people think a bit.”

This show will last 85 minutes.

Kids ages 7-17 are free. Please call the Strathmore Ticket Office directly at (301) 581-5100 to obtain Kids free tickets. Kids free tickets are not available for online purchase.

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