This Thursday!
September 27, 2012

The Sierra Master Chorale’s
Encore Performance of
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Ken Hardin, Conductor
 with orchestra


“The Armed Man is forever with me…the words, the music, a constant reminder of what was,
and what might be…it’s a universal message through music.”

Tickets $30 - general seating
Tickets also available at Briar Patch Community Market,
Nevada City Box Office @ Miners Foundry, or call InConcert Sierra - 530-273-3990
Tickets will only be at the door as available, pre-purchase strongly recommended

Thursday, September 27, 2012
7:30 p.m. concert
6:45 p.m. pre-concert forum with Dr. Aileen James
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley

Sponsored by Dr. Sharon Estill Taylor, Paul Rocca, & Family
in honor of 1st Lt. Shannon E. Estill (KIA 4/13/45)

“The Armed Man” was performed in May by the Sierra Master Chorale, conducted by Ken Hardin.
“The audience response was overwhelming,” said Hardin.
“I’ve been working with choirs throughout my career and I have never
experienced anything like what happened both of our spring concerts.
The extended standing ovations with sustained applause were unbelievable.
I was speechless.”

Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of Kosovo.
It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England to reflect the most war‐torn
and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of
“ringing in a thousand years of peace.”  It is a moving, uplifting and inspirational work and “a remarkable musical
experience,” as noted in the Sacramento Choral Calendar review.
“I can only say that (The Armed Man) needs to be performed many more times to give 
others the opportunity to experience this moving, gorgeous production.”

“I have never heard such a powerful work!”

“The Armed Man was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had…”

Breathtaking and nothing short of MAGIC!  It was truly a visceral experience!  So emotional.
Our hearts were stirred, please do this annually.  The community — and the world — needs
this message so desperately.”


KVMR and the Nevada Theater partner with InConcert Sierra
to present a special documentary film

“The Last Flight of Lt. Shannon E. Estill”  at the Nevada Theater on

Monday, September 24  • 7pm
Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted


Find out why Sharon Estill Taylor was so compelled to sponsor the reprise of
The Armed Man.


“The Der Spiegel TV film, The Last Flight of Lt. Shannon E.
Estill, documents the search for and recovery of my father
and his airplane. I based my doctoral research on exploring
the effect of father loss in war, and have told the story of my
father-quest all over the world.” - Sharon Estill Taylor
(Sharon will be at the film and will answer any questions) 

As a testimony to community, historical preservation, and the arts -
the KVMR/Nevada Theatre construction project will receive any proceeds
from the film.

Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information about Sharon Estill Taylor’s story and information on the documentary,
visit her website – My Phantom Father


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[From the program for The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
September 27, 2012, Grass Valley, CA]My love affair with The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace began in June while visiting my dear friend, Aileen James. She told me about the recent concert and shared the magnificent and powerful beauty of the music. I thought of my father,
Lt. Shannon Estill, who was the last man killed from his squadron in WWII.At the Jose Luis Merlin concert that afternoon I was inspired by the concert’s dedication to the memory of Alexander Johnson. I wanted to hear The Armed Man and I hoped to dedicate this second performance to my father.My parents met during high school in Cedar Rapids, IA. They graduated as Pearl Harbor changed everyone’s plans. My father built his own plane as a teenager and dreamed of flying and becoming an English professor. He realized his pilot dream when he was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1943. My parents were married when he finished basic training. He became an instructor and was selected to fly the P38 Lightning in Europe. In November 1944, he joined the 428th squadron/474th Fighter Group flying missions from Belgian and German airfields.From 3000 pages of correspondence, I know my parents in a way few children do. I feel the depth of my father’s love for my mother, family, country, flying and me. He was a poignant romantic writer who illustrated many of his letters and comforted my mother as they awaited the birth of their first child.When my father received a telegram in Europe about his daughter born March 20, 1945, his squadron friends tell me they celebrated with a bottle of champagne. In the midst of war, he shared the joy of my birth with those who most needed promise of the future. One of them, former P-38 pilot, Paul Hissey, is here tonight to celebrate my father.On April 13, 1945, when my father’s plane was shot down over Germany, neither he nor his plane was recovered. The deepest grief for my mother and my grandparents was that they never knew how or if he died. As a child, I promised I would bring him home. When the Berlin wall fell in 1989, I began that quest. With help from countless sources, primarily German Air Researcher, Hans Guenther Ploes, the search began in Germany in 2001. In 2005, I participated in the excavation of my father’s crash site near the village of Elsnig. We buried him with full military honors at Arlington the following October.

The Der Spiegel TV film, The Last Flight of Lt. Shannon E. Estill, documents the search for and recovery of my father and his airplane. I based my doctoral research on exploring the effect of father loss in war, and have told the story of my father-quest all over the world. Tonight’s concert tells the story of all who have died for peace.

Sharon Estill Taylor, Ph.D