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University of Minnesota School of Music presents Benjamin Britten's War Requiem March 1

February 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota School of Music will present Benjamin Britten’s contemporary masterpiece War Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth St. South, Minneapolis. The concert is part of the School of Music’s Britten Peace Project, an international collaboration celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Britten’s War Requiem, a large-scale, non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass (mass for the dead) with nine poems by English poet and fallen World War I soldier Wilfred Owen interwoven throughout the piece.

The concert will feature the University of Minnesota School of Music Orchestra, Choirs, William Ferguson (tenor), Philip Zawisza (baritone), Mark Russell Smith, conductor, and Kathy Saltzman Romey, chorus master; members of Detmold Hochschule für Musik Orchestra, Choir, Caroline Thomas (soprano), Karl-Heinz Bloemeke, conductor, and Anne Kohler, chorus master (Detmold, Germany); Macalester College Concert Choir, Matthew Mehaffey, director; Kantorei, Axel Theimer, director; Minnesota Boychoir, Mark Johnson, director; and members of Quad City Choral Arts, Jon Hurty, director (Davenport, Iowa).

Event media is sponsored by Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

A pre-concert talk with U of M School of Music conductors Mark Russell Smith and Kathy Saltzman Romey will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Tickets $35/$29/$21; $11 U of M students. Call (612) 624-2345 or visit tickets.umn.edu to order.

Paid parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps.

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The University of Minnesota School of Music will present Benjamin Britten’s contemporary masterpiece War Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Ted Mann Concert Hall.

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