Collegium Musicum Choir: War and Peace
1 June @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
In the first program of 2018, the Collegium Musicum Choir will be tackling some great masterpieces of the choral repertory, with a focus on the war-torn works of Haydn and Jenkins. So often throughout history the heartfelt cry of the masses is overshadowed by the conflict of rival nations.
This program pays homage to the victims of war both past and present. The poignant subtext of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War is no less pertinent now as it was when it was written in 1796. A plea of mercy to the peoples of Europe to cease the bloodshed of the French revolution, and return to a more peaceful way of life. So too, Jenkins Mass for Peace “The Armed Man” draws on a diverse array of cultures to form the text, which collectively reflect on ‘the most war-torn and destructive century in human history’ in the hope of guiding a more peaceful future. Audiences can listen out for the pluralistic influences of Gregorian Chant, the 15th century French lullaby L’Homme Armé, the Islamic call to prayer Adhann, the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and the poetry of Hiroshima survivor Toge Sankichi, which can all be heard throughout the Mass.
- Choral Director: Sonia Maddock
- Collegium Musicum Choir
- Haydn Mass in Time of War
- Jenkins The Armed man: Mass for Peace