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Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Britten’s War Requiem

May 7-28
Thursdays 1:15-3:15 pm
Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society & Glee Club

The Hopkins Center’s 2019-20 performing-arts season features great works of music performed by internationally renowned artists. These 3- and 4-week mini-classes will build foundations with which listeners may more acutely savor the music performed at each of four Spaulding Auditorium concerts. Through a consideration of cultural and historical contexts, some score perusal, and careful listening, our understanding and appreciation of this music will grow and deepen.

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem performed by the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra with the Handel Society and Dartmouth Glee Club (May 22 and 23)

The War Requiem is one of the monumental works for chorus and orchestra of the 20th century.  Composed for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, it is a moving anti-war work for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, large choir, boys choir, organ, and three vocal soloists.  Its texts include the traditional Latin text from the Requiem Mass and nine poems by Wilfred Owen. We will consider Britten’s treatment of these texts, and his masterful shaping of sound textures to evoke them, as we prepare to hear this singular masterwork.

Ages: Adults
Length: 4 weeks, 2 hour classes
Cost: $100 (No cost to UVMC individual lesson students enrolled in full 16-week term)
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Faculty: Mark Nelson