7pm on Saturday, May 11th
at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver
On May 11th, our church community will join many other singers from the wider community to make a strong, collective statement as to the folly of war. A choir of over 100 singers will perform this powerful and intensely moving work as a concert at Highlands United Church.
The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace was commissioned for the millennium by the U.K. Royal Armouries and had its premiere in London. The CD was released on September 10, 2001.
The human longing for peace is a visceral presence in this mass, as each movement adds to the larger story of war’s devastating impact. The various texts, as well as the music itself, embrace time periods from the first millennium B.C. to modern times, incorporating the poetic beauty of Islamic, Hindu, and Christian cultures.
Our Music Director, Alison Nixon, has chosen this work intentionally. Unitarian Sources and Principles are congruent with the intentions within this work, and will be included in the program itself. This promises to be a wonderful community event, and an opportunity for us to show the wider community our dedication to peace and justice.
Alison asks each of us to attend this concert personally and also to bring a friend from the wider community. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Amnesty International, and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.