Jeanne Foster

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

At the turn of the millennium, dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo war and honoring the hope for a peaceful new century, Karl Jenkins composed a beautiful, exciting and above all powerful work titled The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The strong musical and human message of grief and hope resonates strongly with audiences. Social Justice and music are working together to create a film to go with this work, providing a visual and musical combination that will prove profoundly moving. Every time there is another event like the attacks in Las Vegas or Manchester or Orlando, or terrifying rhetoric between the US and North Korea, or when I read of the situation in Yemen or see video of what remains of many cities in Syria, I feel a sense of helplessness, of what can I possibly do? And then I feel especially grateful for the chance to do an event such as this here where we can, at least, sing our hopes for peace.