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?
Powerful Words from the Battlefield
The chorus text for this powerful piece comes from 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.
A Larger-Than-Life Orchestra
Although this piece is powerful and loved, the manpower it takes to perform the piece is so great that it rarely gets to shine in a live performance. On stage you'll see a full orchestra, a smaller chamber orchestra, full chorus, a children's chorus, and three soloists.
A Message of Unity
In the spirit of unity, Britten employed a Russian soprano, a British tenor, and a German baritone as the three soloists for the first recording. At the premiere in 1962, Britten asked that no applause be given following the work.
A Historic Anniversary
These performances mark 100 years since WWI ended on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice.
Courtenay Budd, soprano
Matthew DiBattista, tenor
Timothy LeFebvre, baritone
Wichita Symphony Chorus
Wichita Community Children's Choir & Maize Schools
Daniel Hege, Music Director & Conductor
Michael Hanawalt, Chorus Director
Karen Sims, Wichita Community Children's Choir Musical Director & Conductor
Doris Prater, Maize High School Vocal Director
These performances are made possible in part by a generous gift from
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
Drs. Daniel & Martha Housholder
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Arrive Early for Concert Talks
If you’d like to learn more about the music in our concert programs, Concert Talks are just what you need! Before every Classics Concert, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will present pre-concert talks which help prepare you and deepen your understanding of the music to be performed in the program. Sometimes our guest soloists even join Maestro Hege for a discussion of their concerto collaboration! Free to all ticket holders, Concert Talks take place in the Concert Hall one hour prior to each Classics performance.