Oratoria Concert to Feature "War Reguiem"
Apr 15, 2010FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GORDON MOE, associate director, Music Organizations
(218) 299-3285, Ext. 339
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA ORATORIO CONCERT
TO FEATURE “WAR REQUIEM”
More than 400 student and faculty musicians participating in the annual Concordia College Oratorio Concert, conducted by Dr. René Clausen, will perform the Benjamin Britten “War Requiem” at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 25 in Memorial Auditorium on the Moorhead, Minn., campus.
Britten's Requiem is scored for solo soprano, tenor, and baritone; chorus, chamber choir, organ, and two orchestras. “War Requiem” is a non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass for the Dead. The traditional latin text is placed within settings of WWI soldier Wilfred Owen's poems. The concert will feature Concordia choirs, orchestra and faculty soloists Lucy Thrasher, soprano; David Hamilton, tenor; and Peter Halverson, baritone. Britten's War Requiem " is one of the most significant choral – orchestral works of our time” says Vincent Canby of The New York Times.
Those interested in learning more about this large scale, significant work by Britten are invited to attend a mini-conference on the work from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in the South Choral Room, Hvidsten Hall of Music. See www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/music.
The mini-conference and concert are both free and open to the public.