September 29, 2016 Newsletter

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The Armed Man, is a powerful musical argument against war. A sweeping condemnation of violence, it evokes the terrible sadness, loss and waste of conflict, as well as the peace, serenity and beauty of a world in harmony. It is strikingly relevant to our modern world. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements.

Maudee Montiere is the soprano soloist for this concert, and a Muezzin, with a symphonic orchestra. Guy Wilson then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass. In addition to extracts from the Ordinary of the Mass, the text incorporates words from other religious and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible (e.g. the Psalms and Revelation), and the Mahabharata. Writers whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing. (Wikipedia)

There are two films made to accompany live performances of The Armed Man. The choir will be using The Armed Man Film. This was created by film maker and director Hefin Owen. The film was ‘premiered’ in its current form in Johannesburg in 2007 with Karl Jenkins conducting. “The film echoes and traces the story as told in the text of the work; the build up to conflict, conflict itself and the aftermath, finally looking forward to a better future,” says Jenkins.

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He will play a programme of Beethoven – the Six Bagatelles, Op, 12, 15 Variations and Eroica Variations, and the Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. ”

Since winning the Rachmaninov Competition, Scherbakov has become one of the most sought after pianists worldwide, thanks to critical and audience acclaim, and a wide CD repertoire with Naxos. For nearly 20 years, he has been professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is a jury member in major international competitions, and he regularly holds master classes all over the world. Many of his students won prizes and awards at international competitions.

He is particularly known for his interpretations of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, and many of the works in this recital are on his latest CD, Eroica, which will be available at the recital.

More information email Single tickets are available at Computicket on 0861 915 8000/ at R150/R130 for seniors and scholars R50 at the door. More information visit / 084 682 1337.

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