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La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Presents Benjamin Britten’s Powerful and Impactful Work, the War Requiem

La Jolla CA— La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will perform Britten’s historically significant and culturally relevant work, the War Requiem, Op. 66. The cathedral in Coventry, bombed into rubble during the Battle of Britain, lay in ruins for years afterward.  For its rebuilding in 1961, Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem, which splices the poetry of Wilfred Owen–who was killed in World War I–into the Requiem Mass for the Dead.  The War Requiem was an instant classic (200,000 copies of the recording sold in the year after its premiere), and it remains an overwhelming experience.

A performance of this work is a gigantic undertaking. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will be joined by the San Diego Master Chorale led by John Russell, three vocal soloists, boys choir, massive chorus, two orchestras, and two conductors. The supporting forces will include Michael Gerdes, LJSC Assistant Conductor, members of the children’s choir from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church led by Martin Green, soprano soloist Ariana Strahl, tenor soloist John Russell and baritone soloist John Buffett.

Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ who sings with ‘devastating brilliance and incredible ease.’ Baritone John Buffett, praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for his “warm tone and ringing top notes,” has sung with the symphonies of Utah, San Antonio, and Syracuse, the Rochester Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Charlotte Bach Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the LA Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Ars Lyrica. Dr. John Russell, tenor, is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College and the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale.  Dr. Russell is also frequently in demand as a tenor soloist and was recently noted for his “heart-melting legato”

The performances take place in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2020. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A pre-concert lecture by Steven Schick is given one hour before concert start.

Dress rehearsals on Friday evening are free and open to the public.

Call the box office for more information. Tickets are $18-$39. Parking is free in the Osler Parking Structure on weekends. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 858-534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.com.

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