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Britten's War Requiem

  • The Kennedy Center Concert Hall 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)

Featuring members of Concert Chorus

Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
Please note that choristers will be positioned off-stage in the wings, so they will not be visible during the performance.


Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Karina Flores, soprano
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Matthias Goerne, baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Children's Chorus of Washington: Margaret Nomura Clark, Artistic Director
BrittenWar Requiem

Merging the Latin Mass for the Dead with antiwar poems by Wilfred Owen, a young officer killed just days before the end of World War I, Britten’s War Requiem is an emotional indictment of war as a heroic myth, which Owen called ‘the Old Lie.’ As November marks 100 years since the final armistice of World War I, the NSO will combine forces with some of today’s most gifted voices and choral groups for this epic work. Britten said he wanted the soloists to represent ‘the three nations that had suffered most during the war,’ and in this performance, NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda honors that tradition conducting a Russian soprano Karina Flores, British tenor Ian Bostridge, and German baritone Matthias Goerne.

Performance Timing: Approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission.

NOTE: There is no late seating for this performance. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center, park in the garage if necessary, and be seated in the Concert Hall before the concert begins. 

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Dec. 1 performance
Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by knowledgeable and engaging artists and scholars! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.

Earlier Event: November 9
Veterans Day Shabbat
Later Event: November 30
US Army Band American Holiday Festival