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Laurier Singers sing Britten's War Requiem with Grand Philharmonic Choir season opener

Oct 12/13

The Grand Philharmonic Choir opens its 2013-14 season on October 19th with a rare performance of Benjamin Britten's masterpiece, War Requiem.

The bleak grandeur of this masterpiece for choir and orchestra was created by Britten in the aftermath of the Second World War, and is an eloquent plea for peace. 

Britten's music -- by turns terrifying and heartbreakingly beautiful -- is combined with the familiar words of the Requiem Mass and the stark images of soldier-poet Wilfred Owen.

"This monumental work is a testament to the horrors of the Second World War, in particular, and the affliction of human conflict in general," said Mark Vuorinen, artistic director and conductor of the choir.

As the musical world celebrates Britten's centenary year (he was born in 1913), nearly 100 performances of War Requiemare planned all over the world. This is the only Canadian performance.

The Grand Philharmonic Choir, including its youth and children's choirs, will be joined by the Laurier Singers and University of Waterloo Chamber Choir for a total of 200 singers at Kitchener's Centre in the Square.

Dr. Lee Willingham, director of the Laurier Singers stated, “this is a profound statement of peace and justice that connects deeply with the values of our young singers The privilege of performing this work is a life changing experience.”

Soloists Leslie Ann Bradley, Thomas Cooley and Russell Braun will join the choirs and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Vuorinen.

Tickets are $20 to $75, with $10 tickets available for those under 30, and $5 tickets for high school students. They are available from the Centre in the Square box office at 519-578-1570 or www.centreinthesquare.com

Grand Philharmonic Choir
War Requiem
Saturday October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Centre in the Square, Kitchener
Tickets ($20 to $75) 519-578-1570 or www.centreinthesquare.com

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