Britten’s WAR REQUIEM and the Keith Lockhart residency

It’s almost upon us: not the final, but probably the highest-profile, event this academic year for the CELIA Great War project at Wright State. In short, Maestro Keith LockhartBritten Bookmarks FINAL-page-002 conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra — will be coming to Wright State as our Distinguished Guest Artist, with public events beginning on Monday, March 9, 2015. The official graphic is below. Here are some highlights:

  • Two performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, at Dayton’s Schuster Center (downtown Dayton, not to be confused with Schuster Hall at the CAC at Wright State), on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. Featuring Maestro KEITH LOCKHART, soprano ELLIE DEHN, tenor MATTHEW DiBATTISTA, baritone JUSTIN HOPKINS, the DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, the DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CHORUS, the WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIRS, and the KETTERING CHILDREN’S CHOIR. These concerts, though coordinated by CELIA and involving a number of area ensembles, are part of the regular Dayton Philharmonic 2015 season and hence tickets must be purchased through the regular DPO/DPAA venues. Visit Ticket Center Stage to get tickets for either performance, and don’t wait too long…they’re going fast. Preconcert “Prenote” talk by Dr. Paul Lockhart, Professor of History and Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research at Wright State University, immediately before each performance at 7:00pm. Further details at the DPO website and the Wright State CELIA website.
  • VOICES OF WORLD WAR I, a program of dramatized readings from participants and contemporaries of the Great War. The program will feature a wide variety of readings but with an emphasis on the impact of the Great War on the Miami Valley and the greater Dayton region. Dr. Paul Lockhart, Wright State University, will narrate, but the individual readings will be voiced by a diverse cast of Wright State University students, American veterans, Wright State faculty, and a few guests…including Keith Lockhart. Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, at Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center, Wright State University. An informal reception will follow immediately afterwards. Admission is free and open but guests from outside the Wright State community are asked to register online. Details to follow soon.
  • KEITH LOCKHART PUBLIC EVENTS: Maestro Lockhart will be holding master classes with Wright State School of Music students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, 10:00am – 12:00 noon. See flyer below for details.

And as always, please consult the CELIA site for updates. We’ll try to make sure that the updates appear here, too.

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