»The Armed Man« Performance – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
| Isarphilharmonie | Gasteig HP8
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Music – World Music
Claudia Reinhard, soprano
Bushra Poles and Valerie Pfannkuch, alto
Martin Petzold, tenor
Johannes Bauer, bass
Belmin Mehic, muezzin
KlangKunst Chor Iffeldorf
Jubilate Ensemble München
Orchester TROTZCORONA München and others
Conductor: Andrea Fessmann
An extraordinary and captivating intercultural work that gets under your skin.
Karl Jenkins’ »The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace« is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo war. Although its initial bars are quite martial in character, it is, in fact, an anti-war piece. On 2 November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Jenkins himself conducted a performance with some 2000 choral singers from 27 countries and the World Orchestra for Peace in Berlin. Ever since, »The Armed Man« has been on its way to becoming one of the most popular pieces of today’s music literature.
A truly eclectic work, »The Armed Man« combines elements of the Christian mass with the Islamic call to prayer, texts from the Hindu Mahabharata, the Jewish tradition of the books of Moses, with quotations from, among others, Rudyard Kipling and Toge Sankichi, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The entire work is a vociferous call for peace, for mutual respect, for greater mindfulness towards nature, for reconciliation, for dialogue between religions and peoples, and against exclusion and division. Music is a place for reconnecting on another, perhaps more spiritual level, for the heartfelt power of singing and making music connects us all.
In cooperation with the Islamisches Zentrum München and Islamische Gemeinder Penzberg, Jubilate Chor München, Trotzcorona Chor München, Orchester TROTZCORONA München (KlangKunst Chor im Pfaffenwinkel e. V., Benediktbeuern)