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The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace - McLaren Vale

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Big Sing McLaren Vale presents Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace.

The performance will be conducted by Carl Crossin OAM and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and The Armed Man Film.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is the most performed work by any living composer (nearly 3000 performances world-wide since its premiere in 1999) but this will be the first time the work has been performed in South Australia with full orchestral forces and The Armed Man Film.

The Big Sing Chorus—‘a choir for all voices’—brings to life a collaboration between amateur choristers and South Australia’s finest music education institutions, celebrating a multi-generational merging of voices, with students and adults of all ages and abilities. The massed choir of 300 singers—the biggest chorus in the history of Big Sing—is joined by the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the choirs of Brighton and Marryatville High School Special Music Centres.

The 80-piece symphony orchestra boasts talented students from the two High Schools, together with professional and semi-professional players and mentors.

A modern classical work that wears its heart on its sleeve, The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It shows the horrors that war brings and ends with the hope for a future of peace, when sorrow, pain and death can be overcome. Unnerving at times, achingly beautiful at others, it proves tragically relevant in today’s world. 

The film delivers a poignant backdrop to the moving musical narration providing the audience with a powerful and emotional multimedia experience.

Whilst there is no interval for this performance the bar will be open both before and afterwards. Please stay and join us for a celebratory drink!

This page is for purchasing tickets to the McLaren Vale (Tatachilla Lutheran College Stadium) Event only. Please click here to purchase tickets for the Adelaide Town Hall. 

Companion Card holders are welcome! Please click here to add a free ticket to your order. 

We are also offering a 10% discount on Full Price and Concession tickets when purchased in a group of 10+. Simply add more than 10 tickets to your order and the discount will be automatically applied.

Please note: The Armed Man Film contains historic war footage with some potentially distressing images. Sample clips can be found on YouTube.

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