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Oct 14, 2014

Houston Chamber Choir Reflects On War And Peace After WWI


HOUSTON, TX –This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, often called “The War to End All Wars.” Yet in recent years, the world has seen many conflicts and struggles, witnessed numerous wars, and experienced much loss of life as a result. With a program that is keenly relevant to our own turbulent time, the Houston Chamber Choir offers a poignant reflection on the tragic cost of armed conflict, as well as a renewed call for world peace and understanding.


Farewell to Arms

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 pm

Christ Church Cathedral

1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002


The Houston Chamber Choir’s program Farewell to Arms will include chansons by Maurice Ravel, which the composer wrote while waiting to enlist in the French Army between 1914 and 1915, as well as the Houston premiere of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s A Farewell to Arms for chorus and cello, a beautiful setting of the 15th and 16th Century poetic meditations on the post-war life as a veteran by George Peele and Ralph Knevet. Also on the program is music from Francis Poulenc’s masterful 1943 a cappella cantata Figure uHumaine and C. Hubert H. Parry’s Songs of Farewell, which soulfully expresses the despair that overtook the composer at the end of his life as a result of The Great War. Continuing with the concert’s theme of remembrance, the choir will also perform excerpts of Karl Jenkins’ mass for peace The Armed Man, and Canadian composer Stephen Chatman’s setting for male voices of John McCrae’s iconic war poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem which has become an international symbol for remembrance of fallen soldiers. The choir’s program will also include popular music that was sung both at home and by men stationed at The Front.


Uniting the program’s subject with setting, Christ Church Cathedral has a special WWI memorial on the south window, opposite the altar. The window depicts the crucifix with a number of figures at the foot of the cross, four of which are in uniforms worn by various branches of the military during The Great War, with flowers spread out below. Among the flowers are red poppies- those referenced in John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.” At the base of the window is a wooden screen engraved with the names of those members of Christ Church who served in World War I.


TICKETS:  Purchase tickets online at www.houstonchamberchoir.orgor by calling (713) 224-5566General admission tickets to this concert are $40 for Adults, $36 for Seniors (65+), and $10 for students (with valid ID).