Britten's War Requiem, Op. 66

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British composer Benjamin Britten?s huge and tremendously powerful War Requiem was acclaimed as a masterpiece from its inception. Dedicated to four friends who were killed during World War I and interspersing the Latin Mass for the Dead with nine poems by English poet Wilfred Owen ? a World War I foot soldier killed a week before the Armistice ? Britten?s anti-war sentiment is drenched in the senseless brutality inflicted on youth in battle. Four-time Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey returns to Memorial Hall with fellow opera stars Christine Goerke ? a Grammy-winning soprano ? and bass-baritone Nathan Gunn, performing with our very own students in the UNC Symphony Orchestra led by Tonu Kalam and UNC?s Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers, along with special guests, The Raleigh Boychoir led by Susan Klebanow. Past Carolina Performing Arts collaborations with UNC?s Music Department include Beethoven?s 9th Symphony and Carl Orff?s Carmina Burana.

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Anthony Dean Griffey

Christine Goerke

Nathan Gunn

UNC’s Department of Music

The Raleigh Boychoir


Performance Length: 85 minutes

No intermission

Late Seating Policy: Limited

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.