The Stambaugh Chorus will close its 60th anniversary season with the U.S. premiere of a new arrangement of a popular work.
The chorus, led by Hae-Jong Lee, will perform Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace." It will be joined by the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, and the performance will be the U.S. premiere of the concert band arrangement of this masterwork.
Commissioned to honor the 1,000th anniversary of the Royal Armoury of Great Britain, this work expands the traditional musical setting for a mass to 13 movements to provide an in-depth account of the emotional, spiritual and physical costs of war and the ensuing struggle for a lasting peace. From the first steps onto the battlefield to the blessing and burial of the dead, "The Armed Man" challenges audiences the world over to find and tread the path from war to peace.
The Stambaugh Chorus will conclude its 60th anniversary season with Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.”
This performance will be accompanied by the official film of "The Armed Man," which contains depictions of violence and war that may not be suitable for all audiences. Discretion is advised.
Featured soloists will be Kayla Wilson, soprano; Rachael Pavloski, mezzo-soprano; Victor Cardamone, tenor; and David Pratt and Raymond Wagner, Jr, baritones.
Established in 1952 as the Youngstown Community Chorus under the direction of Maestro John Krueger, the group has toured Eastern Europe, performed at the re-openings of both the Warner Theater and the Edward W. Powers Auditorium and sung several times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It joined a world record attempt in Christmas caroling at a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and since the 1970s it has participated in Opera Western Reserve performances.
The chorus has more than 50 members ranging from college students to octogenarians.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, and a reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Stambaugh box office and by calling 330-259-0555.