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   Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale and Memphis Symphony Orchestra Present Britten's "War Requiem"

   Date : Sunday, 3 November 2013       From : 3:30pm   To : 5:00pm
   Category : Arts       Location : Off Campus

   Event Description :

Presented by the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale and Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO), this must-hear concert will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Cannon Center located at 255 North Main Street.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) at $23 general admission; $18 seniors; and $5 students with I.D. (fees apply).

Joining the MastersSingers and MSO will be the Memphis BoyChoir, Memphis GirlChoir, Germantown Chorus and Bartlett High Chorale. Featured soloists on the program are Sonya Baker, soprano; Randal Rushing, tenor; and Steven Taylor, baritone. Dr. William Skoog is the conductor.

Benjamin Britten, who died in 1976, was one of the leading composers of the 20th century. "War Requiem" combines the non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass and traditional Latin texts with Wilfred Owen's poems about the personal horrors and destruction of war. Owen was an English solider and famous war poet, who died one week before Armistice Day in World War I.

The story behind the "War Requiem" began on Nov. 14, 1940 when the German air force bombed the English city of Coventry, almost destroying the 14th-century St Michaelís Cathedral. More than 20 years later, architect Sir Basil Spence designed a new cathedral next to the ruins of the original. Britten was commissioned to compose the music for the occasion, and the "War Requiem" premiered May 30, 1962.

The Nov. 3 concert at the Cannon Center is sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes and the Templeton Endowment for Choral Performance.

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