- One ticket to see The Washington Chorus perform War Requiem
- When: Sunday. November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall
- Door time: 6:45 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $31 for prime orchestra section (up to a $52 value)
- $39 for premium orchestra section (up to a $66 value)
- $44 for box tier section (up to a $74 value)
- $31 for first tier center section (up to a $52 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Scored for two choruses, two orchestras, and a trio of soloists, Britten's epic War Requiem captures the heartbreak of war in a powerful musical experience. And for Britten, that pain was all too personal—he dedicated the 1962 work to four of his friends who were killed during World War II. Marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth—and returning to the piece that earned them a Grammy in 2000—The Washington Chorus and its musical guests soar and sink through Britten's score, as electrifying as it is mournful, as peaceful as it is laced with chaos.
Throughout the work, themes taken from the Latin Mass for the Dead are interwoven with the poetry of World War I foot soldier Wilfred Owen, who was killed one week prior to the Armistice. The words and melody blend the grand, haunting formality of collective mourning with the personal nature of individual grief and loss, brought to life by soloists who sing Owen's poetry and embody the victims of war. The second chorus, here sung by the Children's Chorus of Washington, provides an ethereal counterpoint to the all-to-real horrors expressed by their fellow vocalists. As the requiem builds to a feverish finale, the text becomes more and more dreamlike, befitting the surreal nature of armed conflict.