Monday November 25, 2013 / 8:00pm (Lecture Begins at 7:00pm)Conlon Conducts War Requiem
How was your experience?
Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" is a highly moving piece of music, set to the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass as well as several poems from the great poet of World War I, Wlifred Owen. It is rarely performed, partly because of the size of the ensemble, which is huge. The all-student orchestra, chamber ensemble, and choruses form all across Southern California were in top form on November 25th, however, and they were quite a match for the three vocal soloists, who were the only professional musicians on the stage. The Disney concert hall was the perfect venue for music on such a large scale -- and the gift shop was the perfect accidental treasure trove for some early Christmas shopping after the concert. The pre-performance remarks by the conductor, James Conlon, were especially helpful in setting a historical framework for this piece; he was interesting and highly enthusiastic about the music -- as a conductor ought to be prior to conducting it. All in all it was a lovely evening.