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Join the Peterborough Singers, the Kawartha Lakes Singers and conductor Arlene Gray as they trace the path from horror to hope in a collaborative call for an end to war and violence. Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is initially haunting, always electrifying, and ultimately exultant. It has been performed in countless communities around the world by singers intent on reiterating the chant-like strains of the closing text: “Better is peace than always war, and better and better is peace.”

A Mass for Peace: The Armed Man and Duruflé Requiem
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7.30 pm
George Street United Church

The combined choirs and conductor Syd Birrell will also present Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, a masterpiece whose melodies are taken from ancient Gregorian chant. Duruflé wrote: “This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from earthly worries. It reflects … the agony of man faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope, or terror.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that May 9 will be recognized as a national day in honor of the Canadian military’s contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. The Peterborough Singers and The Kawartha Lakes Singers are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor the peacekeeping efforts of Canada’s troops with the performance of these works and officially dedicate their concert to members of the Canadian military.

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