On June 3, 4, and 5 , the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Hertz Hall on the Cal campus. Written for the 1962 reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in WWII, it is a statement of Britten’s anti-war convictions. This masterwork of twentieth century music intersperses the poetry of WWI soldier Wilfred Owen, killed a week before the armistice, with the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead.
The War Requiem is an audacious undertaking for a community chorus, requiring a large chorus, a children’s chorus, two orchestras, and three soloists. But who better to sing this massive anti-war piece than a community chorus in Berkeley?
- Music Director: Ming Luke; Eric Choate, Assistant Conductor
- Works: Britten, War Requiem
- Soloists: Carrie Henderson, soprano; Brian Thorsett, tenor; Efraín Solís, baritone
- Collaboration: San Francisco Girls Chorus, Anne Hege, Director, Level IV Chorus
- Venue: Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley