Chamber Singers to Perform "War Requiem" with Oregon Symphony

The university's flagship vocal ensemble will join one of America's largest orchestras in performing a powerful classical work at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Nov. 2-3.

The Pacific University Chamber Singers will perform with the illustrious Oregon Symphony for the first time in history on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, during the symphony's rendition of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. 

"Widely regarded as one of the most important classical works of the 20th Century, Britten's War Requiem requires a huge orchestra, organ, soloists, children's choir and a very large adult choir," Pacific director of choral activities and professor Scott Tuomi said.

The chamber singers will join the resident choir of the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Symphonic Choir, to become a massive chorus of 140 voices. 

"The piece is built around the traditional requiem text with additions of English Poetry by Wilfred Owen and was written at the hieght of World War II," Tuomi added.  "This powerful work is just as relevant today as it was in 1942."

Tickets begin at $22 and can be purchased by calling 503-228-1353.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Oct 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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