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FREE Concerts in June: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem Op. 66 »

A monumental anti-war masterpiece reflecting the power of music and community, with poetry by WWI poet and soldier Wilfred Owen


Music director:

Ming Luke

Concert soloists:

Carrie Hennessey, soprano »

Brian Thorsett, tenor »

Efraín Solís, baritone »


Concert dates:

Friday June 3 2016, 8:00pm.
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm by John Prescott.


Saturday June 4 2016, 4:00pm.
Pre-concert talk at 3:00 pm by Marika Kuzma.


Sunday June 5 2016, 4:00pm.
Pre-concert talk at 3:00 pm by Jon Bailey.


Concert Venue:

Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus




Benjamin Britten
 Benjamin Britten


Ming Luke, BCCO Music Director
 Ming Luke, BCCO's Music Director
 Photo by Bill Hocker

FREE Events Leading up to Our Performances of the War Requiem

Writing through War: Workshops for Veterans and Their Families and Friends

Each workshop will be introduced by two short readings from local writers that reflect some aspect of the experience of war. Participants will then have the opportunity to write about their own experiences to share with others in the workshop. This event is presented by University Press Books and BCCO. It will be facilitated by Julie Thi Underhill, with local poets and writers from Warrior Writers and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.


Workshops will be held at University Press Books from 6-8 p.m.
February 17, March 2, March 9, and March 16


Lectures at the Berkeley Public Library

“The Pity of War”: Benjamin Britten, Wilfred Owen, and the War Requiem

This series of lectures will present three experts on WWI, Britten’s life and music, and Owen’s poetry; the fourth session will introduce local poets writing about war and the search for peace.


Lectures will be held at the Downtown Berkeley Library from 6-8 p.m.


March 22: Adam Hochschild, speaking on The Madness of War: Bearing Witness

March 29: John Prescott, speaking on Britten’s Life and the Music of the War Requiem

April 5: C. D. Blanton, speaking on Wilfred Owen and the War Poets

April 12: Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, speaking on The Legacy of Wilfred Owens: Berkeley Poets and Writers and the Search for Peace


Cal Day

War and “The Pity of War”

Cal professors Marika Kuzma (Music), Ron Hassner (History), and Donna Jones (English), will discuss WWI, Britten’s music, Owen’s poetry, and the war’s impact on language and the arts.


April 16, Cal campus, time/room TBA.




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