“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”
“If you want peace, prepare for war.”
This adage has been observed and upheld for centuries spanning virtually all civilizations and cultures. When will mankind say “enough?”
This show is based on music from Holst’s, The Planets. It features arrangements and re-workings of the first movement of the work, Mars, the Bringer of War as well as the fourth movement, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. The show uses music from Mars to represent the aggressive and destructive nature of war while using Jupiter to represent the pain, suffering, sadness, and questioning of war.
“Si Vis Pacem…” was commissioned for Los Alamitos High School in spring 2020.