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Fri. November 6th 2015 The Farquhar at UVic Victoria BC (All Ages)
8:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 7:30pm
Tickets are $28 regular, $14 student, and free for youth 15 & under
Tickets at: UVic Ticket Centre, 250-721-8480,
Presented by: Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

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The Victoria Philharmonic Choir and conductor Peter Butterfield open their new season with a powerful reflection on the ongoing tragedy of human conflict, the sacredness of life, and the hope for peace between groups who find themselves at war. At this performance, just before Remembrance Day, the VPC is thrilled to have as its orchestra the renowned Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Mass, by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, had its premiere in 2000, which was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is now one of the most often-performed choral works in the world. It begins and ends with the theme from a 15th century folk song, L'Homme Armé, and incorporates texts from different spiritual traditions - the Bible, a Muslim call to prayer, and the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata - as well as poetry by Kipling and Tennyson.

The concert also features the 80-voice choir in Philip Moore's setting of Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out early and strongly against the Nazis. He was sent to a concentration camp and was executed two weeks before the camp was liberated by Allied Forces.

The 35-member Naden Band, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will also perform a selection of music on its own, under the direction of Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark. Pieces include an arrangement of Summon the Heroes, by John Williams, and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, by Elliot Del Borgo.


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