Big Sing McLaren Vale presents The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins on Sunday July 31 at 3pm at Tatachilla Lutheran College Stadium, McLaren Vale with a choir of 300 voices.
There are also two performances with the 150-voice Student Choir at Adelaide City Hall on Saturday August 6 at 3pm and 7.30pm.
Conducted by Carl Crossin OAM, this will be the first time the work has been performed in South Australia with full orchestral forces and The Armed Man Film.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins is the most performed work of any living composer (2,700 performances worldwide since its premiere in 1999).
The Big Sing Chorus – “one choir for all voices” – brings to life a collaboration between amateur choristers and South Australia’s top music education institutions, celebrates a multi-generational fusion of voices, with students and adults of all ages and abilities. The 300-singer mass choir – the largest choir in Big Sing history – is joined by the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and choirs from the Brighton and Marryatville High School Special Music Centers.
The 80-piece symphony orchestra features talented students from both high schools, as well as professional and semi-professional players and mentors.
We are also delighted to be joined by boy soprano, Max Junge who recently appeared in State Opera’s highly acclaimed production of Turn of the Screw, and Farhan Shah who will sing the call to prayer.
The Gunman traces the growing threat of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It shows the horrors that war brings and ends with hope for a future of peace, where heartbreak, pain and death can be overcome.
“It’s a modern classic that wears its heart on its sleeve. At times unnerving, painfully beautiful at others, it proves tragically relevant in today’s world.” Greg John, Creative Director of Big Sing McLaren Vale
The film provides a poignant backdrop to the moving musical narration providing audiences with a powerful and emotional multimedia experience.
In addition to excerpts from the Catholic Mass, the text incorporates words from other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible (Psalms and Revelation), the Mahabharata and words from Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sankichi Toge, who survived Hiroshima, but died a few years later of leukemia.