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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Britten's War Requiem, Oct. 8 at 1 PM

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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Tune in on Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, and Monday at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings us a single, remarkable work, especially relevant for our troubled times—Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

In this great choral and symphonic masterpiece, Britten ponders the horrors of war, and combines text from the Latin Mass for the Dead with poetry by Wilfred Owen, who died in battle just days before the end of the First World War.

Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor Laureate Charles Dutoit will be on the podium to conduct Russian soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Australian tenor Steve Davislim, German baritone Matthias Goerne, and the combined forces of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and The American Boychoir.

Britten said his aim was to have each of the three soloists represent “the three nations that had suffered most during the war”—England, Germany, and Russia—and this performance honors that tradition with singers from Australia, Germany, and Russia.

There will be no intermission.

Don’t miss this performance, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, of one of the masterpieces of 20th-century music, Sunday, OCtober 8th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1.

PROGRAM

Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66

     I. Requiem aeternum

     II. Dies Irae

     III. Offertorium

     IV. Sanctus

     V. Agnus Dei

     VI. Libera me

     The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Charles Dutoit, conductor

     Tatiana Pavlovskaya, soprano

     Steve Davislim, tenor

     Matthias Goerne, baritone

Westminster Symphonic Choir

The American Boychoir

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on our new mobile app! NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday concerts on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.