'War Requiem'
Members of the Augustana College Choir and Quad-City Choral Arts rehearse for a performance along with the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra and three other groups. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times)
Kevin E. Schmidt

Musicians from at least three states and two countries will converge Saturday night on the stage of the Adler Theatre and Sunday afternoon at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall for a huge collaborative endeavor.

Benjamin Britten’s 1961 “War Requiem,” which combines a setting of the Requiem Mass with nine poems by English poet and World War I soldier Wilfred Owen, puts hundreds of performers on the stages the weekend.

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mark Russell Smith, the University of Minnesota School of Music and the Hochschüle für Musik of Detmold, Germany, will perform with the Minnesota Boychoir, Macalester College Concerti Choir, the Augustana College Choir and Quad-City Choral Arts. Soprano Caroline Thomas, tenor John De Haan and baritone Philip Zawisza will be featured.

Tickets for the Adler performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday are $53, $42, $32, $23 and $11; for Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee at Augustana, tickets are $30, $23, $15 and $11.

Previews of the concert begin tonight when George Eaton, the Army Sustainment Command historian at Arsenal Island, describes the British World War I trench battle experience and its influence on Owens’ poetry. That begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport. Eaton also will speak in the Caisson Room, Building 60, near the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Concert Conversations, with host Kai Swanson and Smith, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Adler in downtown Davenport and 1 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall on Augustana’s Rock Island campus.

It’s the big weekend for Britten Peace Project: Quad Cities, a collaborative effort that will benefit the American Red Cross of the Quad-Cities Area, with donations being accepted at all of the locations involved.

Other project events include:

-- Through April 15: A “War & Remembrance” art exhibit, featuring the Erwin Eisch Kristallnacht prints, at the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport.

-- 8 p.m. Saturday: “From the Pages of a Young Girl’s Life: The Story of Anne Frank,” presented by Ballet Quad-Cities, at Davenport North High School. (A previously announced 2 p.m. performance has been canceled.)

-- March 31 to May 28: The Putnam Museum will feature the exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” which includes photographs of the Frank family and other occupants of the Secret Annex and addresses such themes as anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing and genocide. As part of the project, the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities will host a visit by Holocaust survivor Eva Geiringer Schloss.

-- April 8 to May 8: The Rock Island Public Library-downtown will feature “A Tribute to the Children of the Holocaust,” an exhibit by Barbara Powers.

-- April 15: The Putnam will show “The Rescuers,” a film by Michael King.

-- April 22: Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a day for remembering and learning about the horrors of the Holocaust. As part of this remembrance, the Tri-City Jewish Center will feature guest speaker Agnes Schwartz, a Holocaust survivor. Schwartz also will speak at Wallenberg Hall on the Augustana campus the next night.

-- May 6: The Putnam will feature “Nicky’s Family,” a film by Matej Minac.