‘Mass for Peace’ performance set May 4

Armed man DoveThe Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, Stambaugh Chorus and Dana Symphonic Choir present Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown.

 Tickets are $10. Tickets for YSU students with a valid ID and high school students are $5. Tickets are available by calling the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office at 330-259-0555, visiting Stambaugh Auditorium’s Box Office or going to stambaughauditorium.com to purchase online. Free parking is available on site.

The Armed Man is a Mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, subtitled “A Mass for Peace.” The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armories Museum for the millennium celebrations and to mark the museum’s move from London to Leeds.  

 “The Armed Man has been performed nearly 1,300 times all over the world since the premiere in 2000 and has established itself as the most frequently programmed new choral/orchestral work of recent decades,” said Hae-Jong Lee, associate professor, YSU Dana School of Music. “It is particularly significant to perform this work in this year, as we commemorate the centenary of the start of the first World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the second World War.”

The concert will begin with Glory Days, composed by YSU faculty David Morgan, and Winter Sky by Stephen Barr. Senior YSU Wind Ensemble members will be introduced and recognized before they perform Slava! by Leonard Bernstein/arr. Clare Grundman. The Stambaugh Chorus & Dana Symphonic Choir will perform Prayer of Children by Kurt Bestor/arr. Andrea Clause, and then all groups will perform the 13 movements of The Armed Man.

 “Stambaugh Chorus is extremely pleased and honored to be able to participate with the YSU Dana School of Music in yet another collaboration,” Stambaugh Chorus President Barb Modic said. “Presenting The Armed Man gives university students and seasoned adults from all walks of life an opportunity to share a wonderful musical experience, and allows us to perform masterwork pieces that are meant for a large venue. Stambaugh Auditorium, an historical landmark, is a perfect venue for our collaboration and gives the community a cultural opportunity to experience a facility that they may not otherwise frequent.  We hope this relationship continues in the future.”

Soloists include Rebecca Enlow, soprano, in movements 3 and 13; Lisa Gonzalez, soprano, in movement 8; Kathryn Kramer, mezzo soprano, in movements 8, 11 and13; Victor Cardamone, tenor, in movements 8 and 13; and Raymond Wagner Jr., baritone, in movements 8 and 13.