Speaker Series: Marin Alsop -- Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

  • 09 Nov 2014
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
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The YCL is pleased to invite you to

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

a concert conducted by

Marin Alsop (TD ’77)

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Sunday, 09 November 2014
14:00 to 17:00

14:00 - 14:30 - Pre-concert talk about World War I, music, and culture led by Marin Alsop and Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at the Southbank Centre

15:00 - 16:30 - War Requiem concert performance

16:30 - 17:00 - Post-concert private backstage meeting with Marin Alsop

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

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Junior Members, Senior Members, and Guests: £8

NB  A limited number of discounted tickets including the pre-concert talk with Marin Alsop and the post-concert backstage meeting with Marin Alsop have been blocked for the Yale Club and may be purchased through the Club’s website only.  


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About the Speaker: Marin Alsop (TD ’77) is a conductor and violinist. She is the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.  Dubbed the ‘First Lady’ of Last Night of the Proms for being the first woman conductor at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, Marin Alsop is no stranger to firsts.  She was the first musical director of a major American orchestra, the first conductor recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, and has long spearheaded a fellowship for female conductors and an educational programme to introduce music to children in deprived areas of Baltimore.  With Leonard Bernstein as her role model at age nine when she made up her mind to become a conductor, Marin Alsop has since carved out a path to reach the heights of musical talent and accomplishment, serving as an example for future aspiring musicians.     


http://www.marinalsop.com/

 

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About the Concert: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was composed in 1961 for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral - newly rebuilt following its destruction in World War II. Britten took as his inspiration the words of young English war poet, Wilfred Owen, himself killed in action in World War I on 4 November 1918, just days before the armistice. The War Requiem profoundly weaves together nine of Owen’s most poignant poems including Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility and Strange Meeting, with the traditional Latin Mass.  A contemporary masterpiece, the War Requiem neither glorifies war nor celebrates its victories; Britten, a pacifist, dedicated the Requiem to four close friends – three of whom were killed during World War II.



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