Crowded House

I am the enemy you killed, my friend.

I knew you in this dark; for so you frowned

Yesterday through me as you jabbed and killed.

I parried; but my hands were loath and cold.

Let us sleep now…

— Wilfred Owen

Not even the dead will sleep tonight at Boettcher Concert Hall: Under the intense aural weight of Benjamin Britten's rarely performed 1962 epic, War Requiem, it would be nearly impossible. The work, which intersperses the Latin Mass for the Dead with nine chilling verses by World War I poet Wilfred Owen, involves two orchestras and two choirs, a trio of soloists and, in the wings, a melancholy organ, all coming together to tell a disturbing tale that's inherently anti-war in nature.

It takes a sure hand to keep an animal such as this under control. To that end, none other than Marin Alsop will handle the baton when an army of musicians from the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music teams up with Colorado Symphony colleagues and the Colorado Children's Chorale to present Britten's monumental work. The performance begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; no doubt a few ghosts will hover over it all.

For tickets, $20, call 303-492-8008 or go to
Wed., May 3, 7:30 p.m.

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