GW University Singers

Requiem and Rejoicing

Two 20th century British composers are featured this semester. John Rutter (b1945) composed his "Requiem" in memory of his father and it was given its premiere in the U.S. in 1985. It is a small-scale setting of the mass of the dead, unlike those of Verdi or Berlioz, and focuses more on the promise and light of death rather than the darkness and despair.

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was commissioned to write a piece for the 50th anniversary of the consecration of St. Matthew Church, Northampton England. The result was "Rejoice in the Lamb" on text of an eighteenth century poet and cleric (and madman it is said!) Christopher Smart. Portions of Smart's extensive poem "Jubilate Agno" are used by Britten in the choral and solo writing.

$15 General Admission; $10 GW Community. Available online or at the door.

Net proceeds from this concert will benefit the Benno Fritz Memorial Fund


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