The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Oct 15, 7:00 PM
20 S 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, USA

"THE ARMED MAN,” presented in partnership with the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, is a call for world peace and an end to gun violence. Composed by Welsh composer and conductor Karl Jenkins in 1999, it has become his most popular and enduring work. It is an anti-war piece and is based on parts of the mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements.


The powerful and dramatic work charts the growing menace of the descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace, when "sorrow, pain and death can be overcome." Texts from several religions and cultures, including the Muslim call to worship, are included.


Performing will be the 50 voices of the Sanctuary Choir of Market Square Church and the community-based Market Square Singers, accompanied by orchestra and organ, all under the direction of Tyler A. Canonico.


Tickets are $20 per person, which includes parking in the adjacent Market Square Garage. Access to the church building is directly from the first level of the garage or from the Event Entrance on South Second Street. 


Tickets are available in advance by clicking on PURCHASE TICKETS above or at the door.


Arts on the Square is a series of musical and visual arts presented by local, national, and international performers and artists in the preeminent venue of historic Market Square Church (1860).


Our 2022-23 season includes masterworks for both vocal and instrumental groups. Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man ­­is a call for world peace and an end to gun violence. The Christmas holiday is celebrated with candlelight and song. Beethoven’s genius is heard through orchestra and piano. The J. Nedra Schilling Organ responds to the able touch of American and international performers. Our art gallery presents painting and photography by notable local artists. Please join us!


In addition, the recently enhanced acoustic ambiance of the room has been acclaimed as ideal for both music and the spoken word.


Historic Geneva Hall (1882) is home to the Arts on the Square Gallery, where congregational, local, and regional artists display their works. Each two-month exhibit, November through June, is opened with an artists’ reception introducing the individual artists and featuring an “Artist of the Day” demonstrating such crafts as rug-hooking, leathermaking, and woodworking.


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