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Philippe Jordan Conducts Britten’s War Requiem

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Conductors
& Performers

Philippe Jordan

Conductor

Ian Bostridge

Tenor

Iain Paterson

Baritone

San Francisco Boys Chorus

Ragnar Bohlin

Director

San Francisco Symphony

program

War Requiem

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

performances

Thu, May 13, 2021 at 8:00PM

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Fri, May 14, 2021 at 8:00PM

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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