In preparation for the War Requiem, BCCO sponsored a number of community events, including a lecture series at the Berkeley Public Library, “The Pity of War”: Benjamin Britten, Wilfred Owen, and the War Requiem. Speakers also shared insight about Britten and Owen and their work with chorus members at rehearsals. We were able to capture some of these events and share them with our larger community. Thanks to our speakers and to our community partners for making this possible.
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem: pre-concert talk by Jon Bailey- Listen to the June 5, 2016 pre-concert talk by Jon Bailey.
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem: pre-concert talk with Marika Kuzma- Listen to Marika Kuzma’s June 4 pre-concert lecture.
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem: pre-concert talk by John Prescott- John Prescott, musicologist, gave a wonderful pre-concert talk at BCCO's June 3 performance of Britten's War Requiem.
The Legacy of Wilfred Owen: Poets on War and the Search for Peace- An evening of readings and art by Drew Cameron, Susan Griffin, Amber Hoy, Aaron Hughes, Martin Lesinski, Aimee Phan, Ted Sexauer, Ehren Tool, Julie Thi Underhill, and Nancy Sue Brink.
Jon Bailey on Benjamin Britten and the War Requiem- Jon Bailey speaks on Britten and the War Requiem at a BCCO rehearsal, to help prepare for the upcoming performances.
“The Pity of War” Lecture Series: C.D. Blanton on Wilfred Owen and the “War Poets”- UC Berkeley professor of English C.D. Blanton discusses the poetry of the War Requiem and the importance of the WWI “War Poets” to modern poetry.
Eric Falci, on Wilfred Owen- Eric Falci, Professor of English at UC Berkeley, spoke to the chorus about Wilfred Owen, on Monday, March 21, 2016, as part of ongoing education about Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and the Owen’s poetry, which Britten interspersed with the traditional Requiem text.