Thursday, June 07, 2007

Karl Jenkin's fabulous music will be on in Geelong

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I don't really put advertisments on this blog, but this is a concert NOT to miss. Karl Jenkins writes that fabulous music that's sometimes on TV - words that are not in any real language but sound familiar. The notes are from the current Geelong Arts bulletin.

The Geelong Chorale Presents
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins

This anti-war piece for orchestra and a powerful choir was commissioned by the UK Royal Armouries for the millennium. While written in memory of the victims of the Kosovo crisis, its theme is entirely relevant to our lives now. The Mass is based on a French secular song from the Renaissance: The armed man should be feared; everywhere it has been proclaimed that each man shall arm himself with a coat of iron mail. It uses the Christian Mass combined with other material such as the Bible, the Islamic call to prayer, texts by writers including Kipling, Tennyson and a survivor of Hiroshima. This strong work is "painfully relevant to the 20th century" (Guy Wilson, Master of the Royal Armouries) and is now widely performed internationally. From its opening - hushed marching feet with the shrill tones of piccolo - to its conclusion - words from Revelations, in full, soft choir and orchestra - the work is absorbing and immensely rewarding to hear.

Dates: 23 June 2007
Time: 8pm
Venue: Wesley Church, 100 Yarra Street, Geelong
Cost: Adult $25 Concession/Senior $20 Student $10
Contact: (03) 5223 3554 or (03) 5263 3855


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