The Armed Man – 100 years of Remembrance at Venue 114

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Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will join with the Oriana Choir to perform a moving concert, The Armed Man, from 3pm on Saturday, November 10 at council's Venue 114 to commemorate the ending of the First World War.

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars".

This has not proven to be the case, but the works featured in the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra's fourth and final concert for the year reflects both the tragedy of war and their sincere and abiding hope for future peace.

The Armed Man is the work of Karl Jenkins and has become one of the most important compositions of recent times since it was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the millennium.

The work draws on many sources, from the Catholic mass to the Hindu epic Mahabharata and includes a traditional Muslim call to prayer.

Its title derives from an ancient French song (l'homme armé) and its seamless blending of ancient and modern with Jenkins' deeply felt originality, influenced by his reactions to the war in Kosovo, makes it a fitting work to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War.

In that war, composer George Butterworth lost his life.

Tragically he was killed in the Battle of the Somme at the age of just 31, leaving a body of work which includes the symphonic rhapsody entitled A Shropshire Lad, based on the poems of A E Housman.

The work, although not about war in itself, is steeped in the composer's love of his country and the underlying sadness of leaving it to fight and, perhaps - as was indeed the case - not come back.  

Australia's Peter Sculthorpe loved his country as much as George Butterworth did and his entire output, including Small Towns, reflects this love.

This particular piece pays gentle homage to all small Australian towns, each with its memorial to the local men and boys who died in the First and Second World Wars, and features two trumpets playing The Last Post.

The work has become a classic evocation of what it means to be Australian.

Albinoni's Adagio for Strings and Organ is a work by Italian composer Remo Giazotto, published in 1953.

It was based on fragments of an unpublished work by 18th century Venetian composer Tomasino Albinoni, which were discovered in the ruins of the Saxon State Library in Dresden after it was destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II.

It has become one of the most loved pieces of orchestral music, used in many films but particularly to great effect in the final scene of the Peter Weir film, Gallipoli.

Tickets are just $35 for adults, $30 for concessions and $10 for children aged five to 17. Children under 5 are free. Bookings via

Event parking is free and public transport is available nearby. Venue 114, formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre, is located at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.

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