"War Requiem" focus of April 6 Faculty Lecture

(03-28-2011)

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A deeper understanding of Benjamin Britten's “War Requiem”, will be explored during Dr. Beth Robison's, assistant professor/director of choral activities, Adams State College Faculty Lecture "Benjamin Britten's War Requiem: Bringing Together the Sacred and the Profane", at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

Britten's "War Requiem" was commissioned for the dedication of the New Coventry Cathedral after the old cathedral was destroyed during a bombing raid in World War II. This tour de force is unique in that Britten interpolates selections of war poetry by pacifist Wilfred Owen, killed in World War I, directly into the traditional liturgy of the Requiem mass. Britten uses Owen's texts to create a dialogue that explores the relationship between war, and Christian doctrine and ritual. The dramatic and ironic effects between these poems and the liturgical texts will be explored as well as how it affects musical and structural elements of this magnificent work.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or rjastalos@adams.edu.