Maestro Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in an international collaboration culminating in a large-scale performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This epic masterwork combines a non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass with nine poems by English poet and fallen World War I soldier, Wilfred Owen. Originally performed in 1962 to commemorate the reconstruction of the Coventry Cathedral following its destruction during a World War II bombing raid, the Requiem presents a historically resonant message, communicating pacifist ideas of international unity and the tragedy of war. This performance is part of the Britten Peace Project, founded by Mark Russell Smith, and brings together musicians from the QCSO, Quad City Choral Arts, Minnesota Boychoir, Macalester College Concerti Choir, Augustana College Choir and Detmold Hochschüle fur Müsik. Soloists include soprano Caroline Thomas, tenor, John De Haan and Philip Zawisza, baritone.
(Concert recorded March 3 and 4, 2012.)