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Philippe Jordan Conducts Britten’s War Requiem

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Philippe Jordan


Elza van den Heever


Ian Bostridge


Iain Paterson


Eric Choate

Ragnar Bohlin

San Francisco Symphony


War Requiem

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.


Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, May 13, 2021 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, May 14, 2021 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, May 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

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Event Description

On the night of November 14, 1940, at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, England was devastated by Nazi bombs. Twenty-two years later, Britten wrote his War Requiem to celebrate the consecration of a new cathedral built next to the ruins of the first one. With contrasting texts from the traditional Latin requiem mass and the poems of World War I poet Wilfred Owen, the music embodies Britten’s deeply held pacifist beliefs. The names of four men appear on the dedication page, friends of Britten who perished in the war and to whom the work is dedicated. Swiss-born conductor Philippe Jordan leads the San Francisco Symphony, Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus, and superstar vocal soloists in Britten’s deeply moving masterpiece.

San Francisco Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Chorus