BRITTEN PEACE PROJECT: Quad Cities
sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the University of Minnesota School of Music, and the Hochschüle für Musik in Detmold, Germany, under the leadership of QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith, are embarking on an international collaboration to perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This epic masterwork by one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed composers combines a setting of the Requiem Mass around nine poems by English poet and fallen World War I soldier Wilfred Owen. The symphony was originally performed 50 years ago at the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England, rebuilt after its destruction by the German Air Force during World War II. The Norwegian Nobel Institute will be holding its 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minnesota from March 1 through March 3, to coincide with the War Requiem performance at the University of Minnesota.

War Requiem will be performed in Germany on February 18 & 19 and at the University of Minnesota on March 1 before concluding its historic run here in the Quad Cities on March 3 & 4.

Inspired by this massive production, organizations around the Quad Cities have announced projects intended to elucidate the experience, expand upon the context of the War Requiem, and connect the many tragic experiences of the 20th century to our own ongoing global conflicts.

Sunday, January 8, at 2 PM
at the German American Heritage Center
Opening: "The White Rose”

Sunday, January 22, at 4 PM
at the Figge Art Museum
the German American Hertiage Center presents
The White Rose
a film by Michael Verhoeven

Sunday, February 5, at 1 PM
at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University
Keynote Address for CommUniversity
Delivered by Mark Russell Smith

Sundays, February 5 to February 26, from 2 to 4 PM
at St. Ambrose University
CommUniversity: Britten's War Requiem: Music with History, Poetry, and more
Augustana faculty Jon Hurty, DMA; David Crowe, PhD; David Ellis, PhD; and Rev. Richard Priggie, provide context to Britten's War Requiem

Friday, February 24, at 6:30 PM
at the Figge Art Museum
the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents
War Requiem
a film by Derek Jarman

Saturday, February 25, to Sunday, April 15
at the Figge Art Museum
War and Remembrance
featuring the Erwin Eisch Kristallnacht prints

March is Red Cross Month
Red Cross Month is a time to remind everyone of the work of the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe–and of how we depend on public support to help people in need. Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. Our mission is to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Nationally, we educate more than 4 million people each year on how to prevent and prepare for disasters. All organizations participating in the Britten Peace Project will be accepting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.

Thursday, March 1, at 5:30 PM
at the Hotel Blackhawk
Inside the Music
Army Sustainment Command Historian George Eaton describes the British trench experience in World War I and its influence on the poetry of Wilfred Owens

Friday, March 2, at 5:30 PM
In the Caisson Room, Building 60, down the hall from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum
British Trench Experience in World War I as Context for the Poetry of Wilfred Owen
a lecture by George Eaton, Historian for the Arsenal Sustainment Command
The Rock Island Arsenal Island Museum will be open until 5:30 PM

Saturday, March 3 at 2 PM and 8 PM
at the Holzworth Performing Arts Center, Davenport North High School
Ballet Quad Cities presents
From the Pages of a Young Girls Life: The story of Anne Frank
When Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday, she had no idea her writing would come to symbolize the triumph of the human spirit to people throughout the world. Don't miss Ballet Quad Cities interpretation of Anne's story as it dances off the pages of her diary. The music for this ballet is made up of a variety of differnt selections by Jewish composers.

Saturday, March 3, at 6:30 PM
at the Adler Theatre
Concert Conversations
a conversation with host Kai Swanson and Music Director Mark Russell Smith

Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 PM
at the Adler Theatre
Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
Military and military families are eligible for free tickets through the USO of Illinois.

Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 PM
at Centennial Hall, Augustana College
Concert Conversations
a conversation with host Kai Swanson and Music Director Mark Russell Smith

Sunday, March 4, at 2 PM
at Centennial Hall, Augustana College
Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Saturday, March 31, to Monday, May 28
at the Putnam Museum
Anne Frank: A History for Today
This exhibit includes photographs of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex and shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals. Implicit in the exhibit are the themes of scapegoating, bullying, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. As part of the exhibit project, the Jewish Federation will host a visit by Holocaust survivor, Eva Geiringer Schloss. Before the war, the Geiringers – Erich and Fritzi and their children Heinz and Eva - lived in the same apartment building as Anne Frank and her family. 

Sunday, April 8, through Tuesday, May 8
at the Rock Island Downtown Public Library
Children of the Holocaust by Barbara Powers

Sunday, April 15, at 4 PM
at the Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theater
The Rescuers
a film by Michael King

Sunday, April 22, at 7 PM
at the Tri-City Jewish Center
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance
with guest speaker Agnes Schwartz, Holocaust survivor

Monday, April 23, at 7 PM
in Wallenberg Hall, Augustana College
Geifman Endowment in Holocaust Studies presents
A Lecture by Holocaust survivor Agnes Schwartz
 
Sunday, May 6, at 4 PM
at the Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theater
Nicky's Family
a film by Matej Mináč