“The fine Providence Singers dispatched [the Esperanto text] on lovely rivers of pentatonic melody”
The Boston Globe
15 November 2009
(Harrison La Koro Sutro)


Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

The Providence Singers
Chorus Pro Musica
Boston Children’s Chorus

New England Philharmonic

War Requiem

Betsy Burleigh  Artistic Director
Betsy Burleigh  Music Director
Anthony Trecek-King  Artistic Director
Michele Adams  Conducting
Richard Pittman  Music Director, Conducting
Sarah Pelletier Soprano  |  Frank Kelley Tenor  |  Sumner Thompson Baritone

3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul   Providence, Rhode Island

Also performed 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012
Cathedral of the Holy Cross   Boston, Massachusetts

“My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. ... All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.”

— Wilfred Owen

Benjamin Britten

War Requiem  (1962)
Commissioned for the Festival to Celebrate the Consecration of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry

Incorporating the Latin Missa pro Defunctis and nine poems by Wilfred Owen

Full text (English and Latin)
Notes and questions  by Thomas Brooks
Of war and music  An essay by David Parker