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  China Premiere of The Armed Man - Music for Peace By Welsh Composer Karl Jenkins
« on: July 10, 2009, 12:22:19 PM » by Julie Kostrey

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the
normalization of diplomatic relations between the
United States and the People’s Republic of China


Distinguished Concerts International New York presents a history-making concert event in Beijing, China this summer to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.  The China Premiere of esteemed composer Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man – Music for Peace, will take place in Beijing at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on Thursday, July 16, 2009.  The program will be conducted by Maestro Jonathan Griffith, and performed by the celebrated XinYa KongQi Symphony Orchestra and the Jonathan Griffith Singers, comprised of auditioned singers from around the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia.
The Armed Man – Music for Peace uses a variety of texts, including poetry from a survivor of the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan, poetry by Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Lord Tennyson and other sources to portray the various aspects of war, from that of pomp and pageantry, to the reality of battle, the horror of war’s destruction, to the concluding celebration of peace and desire for “no more war”.   
“The Jonathan Griffith Singers are thrilled to be part of this 30th year anniversary celebration between these two great countries”, said Jonathan Griffith, founder and conductor of the Singers.  “I was approached by a former member of the Chinese Cultural Arts Council over a year ago proposing these concerts to celebrate the peace and friendship between China and the United States.  I thought The Armed Man – Music for Peace would be a perfect work to commemorate that peace.”


Co‐founder of Distinguished Concerts International New York, Dr. Jonathan Griffith is an active conductor, educator, lecturer, and consultant. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1989.  Since, his 45-plus Carnegie Hall appearances have spanned major works of the classical repertoire.  His many conducting credits in this country and abroad include the Manhattan Philharmonic, New England Symphonic Ensemble, and The European Symphony Orchestra.  Maestro Griffith received his B.M.E from the University of Kansas, an M.M.E. from Wichita State University, and his D.M.A. in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  The Jonathan Griffith Singers is a highly select international chorus comprised of individuals from across North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster of participating ensembles and attracting high quality talent domestically and internationally.  In less than two short concert seasons, DCINY has presented 21 concerts ranging from solo and chamber music recitals in Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, at Carnegie Hall, to North American and World Premieres by internationally recognized composers Karl Jenkins and Eric Whitacre in Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.  DCINY has produced concerts in many of New York’s famous venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Town Hall, as well as other NYC concert halls. Please visit www.DCINY.org for details regarding other highlights of DCINY’s 2009/2010 Season.  ACFEA is the preferred travel provider for DCINY and the Jonathan Griffith singers and these Chinese concerts are presented under ACFEA’s guidance.

Tickets for Beijing performance on 7/16/2009 - You may contact the following venues: The Forbidden City Concert Hall 6559 8285; Poly Theatre Box Office 6506 5343 / 6506 5345; Modern Plaza 6269 6100; and Redhood Free Ticket Delivers 6775 6666 / 6770 7123.  For English speakers calling for tickets in Beijing, you may contact: 6535 3701.

General Information is available by contacting DCINY in the U.S. at 212.707.8566, or by email at Concerts@DCINY.org

Interviews and press tickets may be arranged by contacting Julie Kostrey 212.707.8566, ext 306 or Julie@DCINY.org.

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