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Sat 1 Apr 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Reserve (Golden Circle): $50.00
  • B Reserve (Circle and Gallery) Adult: $45.00
  • B Reserve (Circle and Gallery) Concession: $40.00
  • C Reserve (Stalls) Adult: $35.00
  • C Reserve (Stalls) Concession: $30.00
  • Student with ID: $15.00
  • School age child: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

  • City Choir Dunedin

David Burchell, conductor
City Choir Dunedin
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
The Armed Man Film

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace

In The Armed Man Karl Jenkins has fashioned a work that uses the ancient mass structure to communicate a powerful message for world peace. To this end, the composition uses texts from classic poets, Biblical verses and the traditional mass, as well as from Muslim, Hindu, and Japanese sources. The music is powerful in its melodic simplicity and is cosmopolitan in its inspiration.

The work conjures images of war and the threat of The Armed Man but ends with a simple chorale-based upon an excerpt from the Book of Revelations, promising that “… God shall wipe away all tears… and there shall be no more death.” This must be the heartfelt prayer of us all: Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

The performance will be enhanced by the simultaneous showing of The Armed Man Film which was created to complement the music through historic and contemporary images of many aspects of war and its impact on the world. The choir and vocal soloists will be accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will begin with an a capella performance of Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus. This work, subsequently acclaimed a contemporary classic, was written for mixed choir in 1987 to celebrate Pope John Paul II's third pilgrimage to Poland. The music repeats a simple chant form to slowly build a musical affirmation of faith.

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