Britten War Requiem

4:00PM Sunday 12 November 2017

Mechanics Hall, Worcester

Fall Concert: Britten War Requiem

12 November 2017 at 4:00PM

The Sounds of Stow Chorus continues its preparation for a performance of the 20th century musical masterpiece, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This stunning work is rarely heard, due to the size and scope of the forces involved in presenting it – two orchestras, large chorus, children’s chorus, soprano, baritone, tenor soloists – but it will be coming to Worcester’s magnificent Mechanics Hall on Sunday, November 12 at 4:00PM.
The Sounds of Stow Chorus (Barbara Jones, director) joins Worcester Chorus, Salisbury Singers, Master Singers of Worcester, and Worcester Children’s Chorus for the area premiere of this important work, which laces poetry of World War I British poet Wilfred Owen through passages of the traditional Latin Mass. Guest conductor John Daly Goodwin will lead the ensemble.

Britten was a pacifist who saw the ravages of both World Wars. Even more than with most musical compositions, the work must be experienced in performance for the full emotional impact of its important message to be felt, by performers and audience alike.
Tickets, complete concert and soloist information, and more, available online from Music Worcester

The Sounds of Stow Chorus, now in its 39th season, will welcome new singers to its next open rehearsal on Monday, November 27 from 7:30-9:30, at the First Parish Church in Stow center. All area singers are welcome to join for preparation of Schubert’s last great choral/orchestral work, his Grand Mass in E-flat, to be presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Sounds of Stow Chorus is an all-volunteer, self-auditioned group, open to anyone who can match pitch and learn their parts. Principles of good singing and musicianship are realized through rehearsals that are challenging and fun. Check out our Chorus Handbook. The Chorus is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium and the Central Massachusetts Choral Consortium. Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Britten War Requiem is coming . . . !

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Now in our 39th season

Join Us!

Join us Mondays, 7:30-9:30pm, late August through May, in Fellowship Hall of First Parish Church in Stow Center. Contact Martha at 978-562-0302 or use the button on this page to drop us an email.

Our Concerts

Established in 1973, the Stow Chorus (formerly the Stow Festival Chorus) has been performing in three annual concerts since 1980.  Please see our Past Seasons page for a list of our concerts since 2000; or download the lot on one big PDF list.

The Director

Artistic Director Barbara Jones, a graduate of Wells College and Brown University, has directed the Stow Chorus and Orchestra since 1979. She studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College under Frauke Haussman, Joseph Flummerfelt and others. She studied orchestral conducting with Harold Farberman at the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College and with Helmut Rilling at the prestigious Oregon Bach.

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