Atlanta Symphony Plays Britten's War Requiem

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ruins of bombed St Michael Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK Ruins of bombed St Michael Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK (Claudio Divizia/

Join us April 30 at 8 pm for a live broadcast by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Robert Spano conducts Britten's War Requiem, a work that was at once a personal reflection on pacifism and a monumental choral statement. Completed in 1962, the work combines the Latin Mass for the Dead with texts by English poet Wilfred Owen, who himself was killed in action just a week before the end of World War I.

The performance features a trio of experienced Britten interpreters (baritone Stephen Powell, tenor Thomas Cooley and soprano Evelina Dobracheva) as well as the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Cooley steps in for Anthony Dean Griffey, who has cancelled due to illness (scroll down for the full artist lineup)

Spano earned high marks for a semi-staged performance of Britten's Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival last July. While this War Requiem may be late for the recent Britten centenary year, it should be well worth the wait.

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
  • Evelina Dobracheva, Soprano
  • Thomas Cooley, Tenor
  • Stephen Powell, Baritone
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
    Norman Mackenzie, Director
  • Brooklyn Youth Chorus
    Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director
Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Britten's 'War Requiem' at Carnegie Hall

 We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert in NPR's live chat or on Twitter using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your chat comments, tweets and photos.

Comments [9]

Les from Miami, Florida

This monumental work is one of the 20th Century's most important and, with hope, lasting ones. It's good to have the opportunity to hear this Atlanta Symphony performance again. The recording by the composer is the touchstone by which I measure the others. The American premiere, as Elspeth alluded to, was sought out and performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood conducted by Erich Leinsdorf in July, 1963 with soloists Phyllis Curtin, Nicholas DiVirgilio and Tom Krause. It's available on DVD. I heartily second Mr. Metzger's hope that the Cincinnati May Festival, long a haven for choral music, will program it; all others are more than welcome, too.

May. 25 2015 09:02 AM
Joseph Leniado-Chira from greenwich, ct.

please repeat the perfomance, as u sent this notice 1 day late!!!!!!!

May. 01 2014 07:45 PM
Audiolad from Atlanta

We are so lucky in this country to have so many fine symphonies and the ASO is one them. We are so lucky to have such a professional Choral to accompany them, and I'm so lucky to live in their city.

May. 01 2014 04:23 AM
Kara from Marietta

I was supposed to sing in the chorus tonight but illness kept me away. I enjoyed every minute of the recording! I don't usually get to hear us sing!

Apr. 30 2014 10:02 PM
Elspeth from Brooklyn

Just magical.
I heard the U.S. premiere way back in western Mass.
Have just loved it ever since.

Thank you to all involved. What a treat.

Apr. 30 2014 09:43 PM
Karen Vo from Houston, TX

Listening here from Katy, Tx!

Apr. 30 2014 09:22 PM
jim metzger from cincinnati, ohio

please someone ask for this piece at the may festival in cincinnati......james conlan, please..we have the voices and the orchestra and the incredible music hall.............this performance by at. sym. is beyond description...war, peace, agony, devastation......horror, anguish..........a genius and a pacifist.........thank you....jim metzger

Apr. 30 2014 09:19 PM
gustavojose.avilamartinez1 from venezuela

hola les saluda @PentaBronces espero algunas informaciones como conciertos en vivo o lo que este al alcanse gracias en contacto...

Apr. 30 2014 03:04 PM

I am really looking forward to this broadcast, having sung portions of "Requiem" in the past.


Apr. 30 2014 12:44 AM

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