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Philippe Jordan


Ian Bostridge


Iain Paterson


Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Kent Jue, director

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony


War Requiem

Benjamin Britten
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Thu, May 18, 2023 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Twenty-two years after Coventry Cathedral was destroyed in a World War II air raid, Benjamin Britten wrote his War Requiem to celebrate the consecration of a new cathedral built amid the ruins of the first one. With contrasting texts from the Latin Requiem mass and WWI poet Wilfred Owen, the music embodies Britten’s deeply held pacifist beliefs. Conductor Philippe Jordan leads the SF Symphony, Chorus, and soloists in Britten’s haunting liturgy. 

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