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The Sounds Of War And Peace: Chapter 2 The Music Of Karl Jenkins, A 70th Birthday Celebration

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Acts

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Bards of Wales and Benedictus

Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Bards of Wales and Benedictus

Participating Groups

Cantoría Lugano

The Joyful Band of Singers

Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble

Cantoris Choir

Cascade Singers

United Choir of Dunaujvaros

Choeur Sorel-Tracy

Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau

Die Konzertisten

Coro Nagmén de la Sociedad Coral Alemana Villa Ballester

University of West Georgia Concert Choir & Collegium Vocale

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Concert Choir

Swift Current Oratorio Choir

The Voice Company

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Karl Jenkins
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Artist's Name

Belinda Sykes

Artist's Name

Jonathan Griffith

Artist's Name

Darik Knutsen
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Artist's Name

Samuel Smith

Participating Group Directors

Karl Jenkins
KARL JENKINS,Composer-in-Residence

Karl Jenkins, educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University, and the Royal Academy of Music, London, is one of the most prolific, popular, and performed composers in the world today. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace alone has been performed more than 700 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released, while his recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum disc awards.
 
Mr. Jenkins’ style and integrity have transcended musical boundaries, encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global crossover phenomenon Adiemus, soundtracks for Levi’s and British  Airways, the scoring of a Kiefer Sutherland film, being castaway on BBC “Desert Island Discs,” appearing on the ITV seminal South Bank Show with Melvyn Bragg receiving the Freedom of the City of London Award. Recent recordings include Requiem, Stabat Mater and Quirk. He has composed music for HRH The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
 
A doctor of music, Mr. Jenkins holds fellowships, honorary doctorates, and professorships at five universities and conservatoires, including the Royal Academy of Music, where a room has been named in his honor. In recent years he has consistently been the highest placed living composer in the United Kingdom’s Classic FM “Hall of Fame.” He holds the Classic FM “Red F” Award for “outstanding service to classical music” and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2005 New Years Honors List “for services to music.”

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Samuel Smith

Darik Knutsen

Jonathan Griffith
An acclaimed conductor, educator and lecturer, Jonathan Griffith has led performances across North America, Europe and Asia. Griffith is co-founder and Artistic Director of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), which has brought together, under Griffith’s artistic leadership, thousands of musicians and choral singers in concert at prestigious venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Disney Hall. The founder and Music Director of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, Griffith also oversees DCINY’s mentoring program for conductors.

Maestro Griffith made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1989 and has since conducted well over 65 performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center combined. In addition to the major works of the classical repertoire, conducting highlights include the U.S. premieres Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater and Te Deum; Sergei Taneyev's Upon Reading a Psalm; Miloš Bok's Missa Solemnis; Luigi Boccherini's Villancicos; and Eugène Goossens' reorchestration of Handel's Messiah, along with world premieres by Eric Funk, Seymour Bernstein, and Robert Convery.

Maestro Griffith’s additional conducting credits include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City; Manhattan Philharmonic and New England Symphonic Ensemble, both at Carnegie Hall; The European Symphony Orchestra in Spain; Bohuslava Martinů Philharmonia and Philharmonia Chorus, Virtuosi Pragensis Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, and Dvořák Chamber Orchestra, in the Czech Republic; and the Bialystok State Philharmonic in Poland, as well as numerous regional orchestras and choruses across the United States.

The Jonathan Griffith Singers, an ensemble drawn from singers across North America and founded in 1987, has made its mark internationally. In recent years, Griffith has led the Singers on highly acclaimed tours to Uruguay and Argentina; to the People’s Republic of China, premiering Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in Beijing and Shanghai; and to Pisa, Italy. Dr. Griffith and the Jonathan Griffith Singers toured Turkey in June of 2013 performing the acclaimed Turkish oratorio Yunus Emre by A. Adnan Saygun in Istanbul with the Cemal Reșit Rey Orchestra and in Ankara and Eskinșehir with the Presidential Orchestra at the invitation of the TURKSOY governmental agency.

Dr. Griffith received his DMA in conducting from the Conservatory of Music/University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Masters in Music Education from Wichita State University, and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas.

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Belinda Sykes

Cantoría Lugano
Eduardo Vallejo
The Cantoria Lugano Argentine Choir was founded by their director, Eduardo R. Vallejo in 1972. Since then, they have performed many genres of choral music, from chamber and symphonic  compositions from the Renaissance period to the 21st century.
 
In 2000, Cantoria Lugano Choir, was invited to sing in different cities in Italy and in the Vatican, by the International Society of Sacred Music. In year 2012, they  performed Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, in multiple venues in Buenos Aires.
Please browse www.cantorialugano.com or contact vallejoe2003@yahoo.com.ar

The Joyful Band of Singers
Finley Woolston

Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble
Clark Duhrkopf
The Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble was founded in September, 2001 and performs a variety of musical styles, including standard choral repertoire, vocal jazz, musical theatre, opera and major choral works; John Rutter's Gloria, Feel the Spirit Song Cycle, Magnificat, Requeim and more. The group also has performed the Fauré Requiem, the Mark Hayes Magnificat and the Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater. Each year the ensemble performs Christmas and Spring Concerts, and occasionally a Halloween Concert. They were honored to sing the National Anthem for the Special Olympics Minnesota's Summer and Winter Opening Celebration Ceremony; an honor held since the Summer of 2003.

Cantoris Choir
Brian O' Regan
Cantoris Chamber Choir was established with a strong focus on Early Music. Over more than 40 years, the choir has broaden the range of repertoire to include works large and small from a range of genres and eras. We have been privileged to enjoy expert direction from talented directors such as Andrew Baines, Robert Oliver, Peter Godfrey, Michael Vinten, Rachel Hyde, Richard Apperley and our current director Brian O'Regan. As a choir, we enjoy tackling challenging and diverse works, and finding interesting ways to share these fascinating musical journeys with new and existing  audiences.
 
Brian O' Regan, Director, earned his Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours Degree) from Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland and is an Erasmus Exchange Graduate from the University for Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz, Austria. Brian has played with worldwide orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend- Philharmonie, National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble in venues as prestigious as the Berlin Philharmonie. Musical Director roles include Redemptorist Church Choir and Redemptorist Centre of Music, Limerick, Ireland and well as Cantoris Choir, Wellington, New Zealand.

United Choir of Dunaujvaros