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The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

When:

Mon 26 Oct 2015, 2:00pm–3:15pm

Where: Nelson College, 67 Waimea Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $40.00
  • Senior: $35.00
  • Student: $35.00
  • Door sales: $45.00
  • Special for RSA Members: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: wim9

The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins will be performed by the Nelson Civic Choir to commemorate the centenary of World War One and the 100 year anniversary of Anzac. The moving experience of this choral work is achieved through using a video backdrop of historic footage combined with local scenes, which complements the music, to be performed by an 80-strong choir with full orchestra.

The work is anti-war, dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is based on the Catholic Mass, with incorporated texts from other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic Call to Prayer, the Bible and the Mahabharata as well as secular writers including Rudyard Kipling and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing but died some years later of leukemia.

The mass ends on a note of hope, drawing on the hard-won understanding that peace is better than war.

The Armed Man will be performed in the Nelson College Hall, which will be ”decorated” using lighting for the occasion. The Nelson Civic Choir will perform assisted by guest singers from Blenheim, Motueka and the Golden Bay.

It will be a performance with full orchestra (45 instrumentalists, including 5 percussionists) of players from the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, augmented with 12 professional players from Christchurch, Wellington and Blenheim. Often this work is performed in a reduced version, but we perform it as the composer had envisaged it to be performed.

Musical director is Chris Lukies; concert master is Rebecca Struthers from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Wellington). There are a few solo parts in the work and they will be sung by Zoe Bennett (soprano) and Lyndal Howley (Alto). The Muezzin to do the Call to Prayer is Naif Alzahrani. The Last Post will be played by Chris Lawton (trumpet). The Benedictus starts with a serenely beautiful cello solo, performed by Lissa Cowie.

Why “More Than a Concert. A Total Experience”? As was done in the Royal Albert Hall performance under the baton of the composer himself, our performance will feature a video backdrop with (historic) scenes of war and peace, including locally recorded footage by local camera man Dan Kendrick. This was the case with our previous performance of this work in 2007 and has proven to have a tremendous emotional impact on the audience.