The Department of Music at IUP, as part
of its Sound Choices series, will present “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.” This choral masterwork will be performed Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3:00
p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
performance, under the direction of IUP director of choral studies Ryan
Beeken, combines the IUP Choirs with soloists and a specially assembled
orchestra of faculty and guest artists. The will be joined by several
collaborators from across the community and campus.
part of the concert, Craig Denison will conduct the Chamber Singers in an
excerpt from Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony, with Maria Fenty Denison as a
by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries
Museum for the Millennium celebrations marking the museum’s move from London to
performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and National Youth Choir of
Great Britain in 2000, “The Armed Man”
was dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict and is essentially an
anti-war piece based on the Catholic Mass.
combines other sources, including the 15th-century folk song “L’homme armé,” extracts
from the Ordinary of the Mass, and words from other religious and historical
sources such as the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata. Writers
whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson,
and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing, but died some years later
for “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” are available now online or the Lively Arts' online ticketing site. Tickets may also be purchased at the
Hadley Union Building on Pratt Drive or by calling the HUB Ticket Office at
724-357-2787. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting at 2:00 p.m.
on February 26.
are priced at $11 for regular admission, $9 for senior citizens, and $7 for
students and children.
more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail