The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present a concert featuring The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins on Sunday, March 3, at 3 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church.
When Ms Heidrich chose the new Jenkins creation over a year ago to be the centerpiece of this March concert, she had no way to know how especially poignant and meaningful it would turn out to be for the community at this time.
The popular Welsh composer Karl Jenkins has transcended musical boundaries with his compelling choral work dedicated to peace. He carefully selected material to reflect his theme, using religious texts as well as varied writings from many cultures through the ages, including the word for peace in 21 languages.
In his search for messengers of peace, Jenkins reportedly chose the writings of iconic world-changing figures including Mahatma Ghandi, Anne Frank and five Nobel Prize winners: the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Nelson Mandela.
Lines from the works of Sir Thomas Malory and Percy Bysshe Shelley are utilized as well as a traditional evening prayer for children, a Celtic blessing, a meditation on peace by Terry Waite, some words by Jenkins himself and poetry by his wife, Carol Barratt.
These unique expressions of peace and compassion have been set to dynamic, vibrant music that reflects and enhances their diversity in the distinctive style of Karl Jenkins.
The composer also felt it was important to add a part for young people. For the concert, therefore, The Holy Cross High School Girls Choir will be joining The Connecticut Master Chorale.
Short works from two other noted British composers, Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, will also be a part of Sunday's performance.
Ms Heidrich will conduct The Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra in a string orchestra arrangement of Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams.
Accompanist Joseph Jacovino will play an organ arrangement of the Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar, who personally conducted a 1912 performance of the entire work at a memorial concert for the families of the musicians who perished in the Titanic tragedy.
The Connecticut Master Chorale is an ensemble of 55 vocalists in their 14th year of singing in Western Connecticut. In addition to their regular three-concert season, the Chorale has performed by invitation at the White House, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, West Point Military Academy and three times at Carnegie Hall.
Newtown residents currently in the Master Chorale are Judy Bolduc, Ginnie Carey, Anita Corbeil, B.J. Johnston-O'Connor, David Jurman, Karen Orzechowski, Nancy Raymond, and Dan Yee.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 203-743-0473 or visit CMChorale.org for ticket details, reservations and additional information.