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About This Performance
British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage has written a series of works about World War I, including Passchendaele, commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the war. After its premiere in Flanders, near the site of the titular battle, it was first performed in the U.K. by the Youth Orchestra of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and it now comes to the U.S. through a youth orchestra. "The main thing the centenary should do is make you think for yourself," the composer says. "The young musicians that will play the piece in Birmingham and L.A. are very distant from the First World War, but they should know what happened and make their own minds up for their generation."
Come for: Two of the Southland's most distinguished youth orchestras share a challenging program.
And more: Carl Nielsen's raging Fourth Symphony was composed during World War I; "Music is life, and, like life, inextinguishable," he said.
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