Feb 21 – Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (2012)

Third Sunday Virtual Season of Past Performances


Sunday, February 21 at 2pm

Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra – Ken Hardin, conductor

performing “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins

originally recorded in 2012

First 11-minutes is a pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Ken Hardin, Executive Director Julie Hardin, and Past President Keith Porter.

Originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in England for the Millennium celebrations in 2000, Sir Karl Jenkins dedicated “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” to the victims of the Kosovo conflict.

A memorable plea for nonviolent resolution. Using extracts from Christian and Islamic traditions, as well as texts from authors Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge (a Hiroshima survivor), Jenkins strives to promote dialogue and understanding in a clear, concise, and accessible musical style.

An all-time favorite of our audience, choir, and orchestra!

…interesting, emotional, and beautifully done. I enjoyed it very much. My favorite part was just before Intermission when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – the voices and instruments brought tears to my eyes. Thanks again for a beautiful experience. I don’t think I have or will see something like this again. – D. Bowen

WOW is all I can say.  And thank you.  We just heard The Armed Man for the first time Sunday.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  Your performance was beyond… I’m speechless. Thank you!  – E. Robbins

Click here for lyrics and translations


This originally was presented on May 15, 2012

  1. The Armed Man– based on L’Homme Armé, 1400’s, anon.
  2. The Call to Prayers (Adhaan) – Traditional   Guru Nagaraja, solo
  3. Kyrie–  Ordinary of the Mass    Liesel Shuholm and Roberta Frank, solos
  4. Save Me from Bloody Men – Psalm 56; Psalm 59
  5. Sanctus– Ordinary of the Mass
  6. Hymn Before Action– Rudyard Kipling
  7. Charge! – John Dryden/Jonathan Swift
  8. Angry Flames– Togi Sankichi (Hiroshima survivor)
  9. Torches – The Mahàbhàrata
  10. Agnus Dei – Ordinary of the Mass
  11. Now the Guns Have Stopped– Guy Wilson (Master, The Royal Armouries Museum)   Tasia Colin, solo
  12. Benedictus – Ordinary of the Mass
  13. Better Is Peace – Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory; Alfred Lord Tennyson

Click here to see listing of choir and orchestra members

Audience comment:

This emotional and spiritual concert kindles the emotions of war and the aftermath of destruction. A variety of religious traditions, poems and poetry are intricately woven through the melodies.  Looking around the audience, appreciating the diversity of political convictions present, I was struck by a community coming together, all equally absorbed by the music, prose and inner intention to promote peace.  Even though much of the music is achingly sad, I found myself unexpectedly touched with joy and hope. It was a delight to share this as a community listening as one audience, absorbing each vibration that passed generously through the conductor, singers, and musicians to resonate in each heart. – Scott Kellerman (The Union Letter to the Editor)
Originally sponsored by Sharon Estill Taylor
Sharon sponsored this concert in memory of her father, Lt Shannon E. Estill, who was shot down in what was then East Germany only weeks before the end of the war on Friday April 13, 1945. He was the last man killed from the 428th Fighter Squadron, the 474th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force.  Sharon’s fascinating story about her lifelong father-quest to learn about her father and find his remains resulted in two books and a documentary! To learn more about her story, visit her website at My Phantom Father
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