The Sensoria performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Featuring two orchestras, mixed chorus, boys chorus, and three soloists, the scale is unprecedented for the festival, fittingly for such a momentous and beloved work: 55 years ago this May, the first release of the War Requiem quickly became the best-selling classical recording in history.
"...a masterpiece of the deepest emotional and moral depth...and an enormous contraption of musical ingenuity." - The Guardian
"Britten's work is harrowing and mournful, with its extraordinary interweaving of the traditional Requiem text and poetry by Wilfred Owen (who was killed in action by a sniper a week before the end of World War I) in a bright, bold and beautiful musical style." - NPR
125 years ago this month, Wilfred Owen finished his most famous poem, "Dulce Et Decorum Est." Nine of Owen's poems were woven by Britten into the text of his War Requiem. Students in CPCC English courses reading Wilfred Owen's poetry and Music students learning about Britten will hear the work of these great men come alive - and World History students will add cultural and emotional depth to their studies - for free (student tickets are free at the box office with student i.d.).
The War Requiem is presented by CPCC Music and UNC Charlotte's College of Arts + Architecture.