A Buffalo premiere
The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus has announced the Buffalo premiere of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace," presented by CCS Oncology, on April 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.
Jenkins' official website states, "A recent survey has shown 'The Armed Man' and 'Requiem' to be the most performed works by a living composer in the world today. 'The Armed Man,' which was a UK Millennium commission, has had nearly 1,000 performances since 2000, which equates to two per week somewhere in the world. The 'Benedictus' from 'The Armed Man' has proved particularly popular in its own right."
Framed by a 15th century tune of the same name, "The Armed Man" uses the architecture of a Mass to portray the emotions and struggles of war, and the yearning for a peace to follow. It incorporates words and music from many cultures. Originally written and performed in 2002, it is dedicated to the survivors of the Kosovo conflict, but also stands as a memorial to all who have survived and experienced war, and those who yearn for peace.
Joining the performance is the well‐known Buffalo Chamber Players, led by Artistic Director Janz Castelo.
Along with performing the orchestral score of "The Armed Man," the Buffalo Chamber Players will be featured with the piece "Battalia," composed by Heinrich Ignaz von Biber.
"The Players and I are thrilled to collaborate with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus on 'The Armed Man.' This concert showcases two great local cultural organizations coming together to make great music," Castelo said.
The BPC is also continuing its choral affiliate program. Each year, the BPC invites Western New York teachers to recommend two of their best vocal students (one male and one female) to join the BPC for one of its performances. Roughly 30 students participate in this yearly program under the guidance of a current member mentor. Students may receive community service hours for their time spent with the BPC.
This year, the participating schools are Buffalo City Honors, Kenmore West, Wilson Central, North Tonawanda, Barker Central, Williamsville East, Mount St. Mary, Alden, Oakfield Alabama, Niagara Falls, West Seneca West, Amherst and Orchard Park.
Tickets are $20 per person for general admission, and $40 per person for VIP, which include a reception and select seating. Both can be purchased online at www.BPChorus.org, or by phone at 716‐833‐6642.