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Concert Chorale, A Cappella Choir,

WSU Symphony Orchestra

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

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Event Snapshot

  • Concert Chorale, A Cappella Choir, WSU Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Hanawalt, condcutor
  • Cristina Castaldi, soprano
  • Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
  • Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm, 2017
  • Miller Concert Hall
  • $12 adults, $6 students, discounts available
  • The film shown during the concert features graphic images of war that may not be suitable for children

About this Event

The Wichita State University Concert Chorale, A Cappella Choir, and Symphony Orchestra join forces to present Karl Jenkins’s powerful The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.  A twenty-first century mass setting in the spirit of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Jenkins’s eclectic work incorporates texts from the Roman Catholic mass, the Muslim call to prayer, the Bible, the Mahabharata, as well as the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and others.  The music is also striking in its variety, including the fifteenth-century tune L’homme armé (The Armed Man), African-style drumming, Renaissance polyphony, and movements that sound like modern cinematic composition.  The Armed Man Film, a concert-length movie by Hefin Owen and filled with images of war, will be shown during the performance.  Taken together, this multimedia event makes an unforgettably-visceral statement about the horrors of war.