BRITTEN War Requiem
in honor of Veterans Day and in memory of the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice
What's interesting about these concerts:
- These performances mark 100 years since WWI ended on November 11, 1918.
- The chorus text for this powerful piece is by Wilfred Owen, a soldier and poet who died in battle one week before WWI ended. Britten used nine of Owen’s poems from the trenches to depict the tragedy of war.
- At the premiere in 1962, Britten asked that no applause be given following the work.
- The War Requiem calls for three operatic soloists to perform with full orchestra and chorus. In the spirit of unity, Britten employed a Russian soprano, a British tenor, and a German baritone for the first recording.
Courtenay Budd, soprano
Matthew DiBattista, tenor
Timothy LeFebvre, baritone
Wichita Symphony Chorus
Wichita Community Children’s Choir
These performances are made possible in part by a generous gift from
Drs. Daniel & Martha Housholder
About Michael Hanawalt, chorus director
Michael Hanawalt is Director of Choral Activities at Wichita State University, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, the Women’s Glee Club, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Dr. Hanawalt is also the Chorus Director for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Director of Music at University Congregational Church in Wichita. Prior to his appointment at Wichita State, he served as Visiting Instructor in Music at St. Olaf College, where he conducted the Chapel Choir and the Viking Chorus. To learn more about Michael Hanwalt, click here.
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