Composed by Karl Jenkins in 1999, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is a powerful multi-movement work that uses texts from a 15th-century popular song, poets such as Kipling and Tennyson, multi-cultural sources, and parts of the Mass. The movements of the work form a trajectory from fear of war, to pleading for salvation from war, to preparing for war, to the reality of war, to the horrible aftermath of war, to hope for peace, to mourning those lost in war, and finally, to optimism that peace is possible.

Please join Coro Lux and members of the New Mexico Philharmonic for a memorable evening of music that speaks to both the horrors of war and the hope of peace to come on Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 7pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School NE, Albuquerque.

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Coro Lux — an auditioned chorus — has a generous scholarship program meant to help ALL who need financial help to participate, particularly those who are in the midst of, or who have recently finished, their schooling.

In the fall of 2016, Coro Lux changed from being non-auditioned to becoming an auditioned chorus. We appreciate the nature of this paradigm shift, and are grateful to the many veteran singers who undertook the audition process, as well as to the many new people who have now joined us. Welcome to “Coro Lux 2.0”!

We created two interlaced groups. One is an Oratorio Society, singing major works, often with orchestral accompaniment. In addition to this larger group, there is a Chamber Chorus of about 40 members. The Chamber Chorus is a subset of the Oratorio Society and will sing with it, as well as having its own programs.

Both ensembles remain works in progress. We are making every effort to create something new, while being true to our roots and not infringing on similar groups in the city. Stay tuned!

Coro Lux is a new community chorus, based in Albuquerque and founded in the fall of 2015. The year 2016 marked the first full year of existence for Coro Lux – a year in which we grew in size and scope. Accomplishments included becoming an auditioned ensemble consisting of both the larger Oratorio Society as well as the smaller Chamber Chorus, performances in Santa Fe with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, inviting high school singers to join us in performing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, two concerts at the lovely Casa Rondeña Winery, presenting the live radio drama “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a triumphant presentation of the Lauridsen in Carnegie Hall.

For information about joining our chorus or contributing to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please email