Aug 23, 2011

Composer Karl Jenkins and A Really Big Chorus in “A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11”

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Performance Sunday, September 11th at 2pm, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center


The world’s most popular living composer Karl Jenkins brings iconic music of war and peace to Avery Fisher Hall on 9/11.  England’s renowned Really Big Chorus with conductor/composer René Clausen and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and Distinguished Concerts Singers International will perform.  This performance is presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York DCINY, whose mission is to showcase heart-stopping, innovative choral music at prestigious venues around the world.
The program includes two works by Jenkins: “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” and “For the Fallen: In Memoriam Alfryn Jenkins.”  Commissioned jointly by The Royal Armouries and Classic FM, “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” was initially inspired by the Kosovan conflict, but the clear message of hope resounds even stronger years later on this anniversary of 9/11. 

“The Armed Man” reflects on war and peace in the global world.  It incorporates songs and sacred texts of a traditional Western mass along with influences, text, instrumentation and inspiration from Muslim, Hindu and Japanese sources
In a rapturous performance, by turns visceral and ethereal, the Mass was a firebomb of orchestral and human voices. –The Times
Karl Jenkins wrote “For the Fallen” in memory of his Welsh uncle, Alfryn Jenkins, his uncle & viola player, who was captain of a Lancaster bomber that was lost, with an all Welsh crew, over Berlin in 1944 while the composer was an infant.  It is set to the iconic poem by Laurence Binyon, which incorporates the Last Post bugle call, a soprano solo and narration.  The piece debuted last year at the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.  This will be the US premiere of “For the Fallen.” 
As a composer, he recognises no boundaries - musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times.–Classic FM Magazine
Karl Jenkins is the most performed living composer in the world with seventeen gold and platinum disc awards.  Born in Wales, Karl Jenkins studied the oboe and graduated from Cardiff University, followed by post-graduate studies at London’s Royal College of Music. A passion for jazz – he was a member of the bands Nucleus and Soft Machine – led him to composition.  “The Armed Man” has been performed nearly 1,000 times in 20 different countries. Recent recordings include Gloria, Stella Natalis and Joy to the World, Kiri Sings Karl with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Music Award at the Classical BRIT Awards; Requiem and Stabat Mater.   Among his numerous awards, Jenkins was awarded an OBE, by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List and a CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours List “for services to music”.
Established in 1974, the Really Big Chorus is Britain’s largest choral society, made up of singers from hundreds of different choirs all over the country as well as thousands of individuals.  Drawing from a talented pool of thousands of individuals, 400 singers will perform at this 9/11 memorial concert. 
René Clausen is a celebrated American composer and the conductor of The Concordia Choir, and associate professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Karl Jenkins Links:
2010 Performance at Royal Albert Hall
Interview on WNYC’s Soundcheck
Boosey & Hawkes documentary
Karl Jenkins’ website
The Really Big Chorus
The Really Big Chorus’ Website
René Clausen website
René Clausen video

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