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ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS
Dec. 10, 2019: “Musicians give voice to marginalized people” — CLICK HERE

OREGON ARTSWATCH
Nov. 14, 2019: “Finding hope through music” — CLICK HERE

KTVL 10 TV NEWS
Oct. 2, 2019: “‘Pianos for Peace’ promote unity through the arts” — CLICK HERE

KOBI 5 TV NEWS
Sept. 25, 2019: “Phoenix high school students paint ‘Pianos for Peace’” CLICK HERE

ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS
Sept. 25, 2019: “Painted pianos a highlight from Music for Peace week” CLICK HERE


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Nov. 19

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
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    Ethan Gans-Morse
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World-renowned baritone to perform “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All” vocal recital in Ashland dedicated to themes of peace and reconciliation

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” will present the second concert of its Heart of Humanity series—entitled With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All—at 3:00 on Sunday, January 12. The concert features Christòpheren Nomura, a classically trained baritone whose numerous career highlights include performances at the Vatican, on Broadway, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film, Madama Butterfly.

A FIRST-RATE PERFORMER

Mr. Nomura is known for the “force and beauty of his voice” (The Washington Post) and his “first-rate” performances (The New York Times). He has performed with many of the world’s greatest ensembles—including the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Oregon Bach Festival. He has given hundreds of acclaimed recitals including at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and San Francisco Performances. In 2015, he was featured in the original cast of the George Takei-led Broadway hit, Allegiance, which told the story of Japanese Internment Camps in the 1940’s.

WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE

With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All exemplifies Anima Mundi Productions’ commitment to fostering social healing through music. The title of the concert is based on the inspiring words of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address at the end of the Civil War, and this program will take audiences on a transformative journey out of the wounds of war and into an uplifting portrayal of hope for a better world. Mr. Nomura will speak from the stage about how the music he has selected exemplifies the power of song to reconcile the damage caused by conflict between people and between nations alike.

TWO WORLD PREMIERES

In addition to singing works by classically renowned composers such as Brahms, Copland, and Barber, Mr. Nomura will present the World Premieres of two new songs by local composers: The Legend of Leaving by Jodi French of Southern Oregon Repertory Singers (poetry by Oregon’s former Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada) and Dragons into Angels by Anima Mundi resident composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere.

Local audiences will recognize Mr. Nomura from his past appearances with the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and the Chamber Music Concerts series.

THE HEART OF HUMANITY CONCERT SERIES

All Heart of Humanity concerts take place at the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert. The stated mission of the series is to give voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth, turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing, and mutual understanding.

In October, Anima Mundi Productions brought composer, pianist, and peace activist Malek Jandali to the Rogue Valley to launch “Pianos for Peace Oregon,” which involved the placement of artistically painted pianos in downtown Ashland and a week of “Peace through Music” events that culminated in a riveting performance by the Malek Jandali Trio that touched local audiences deeply.

Tickets are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Oct. 1

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
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    Ethan Gans-Morse
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Painted pianos, appearance by Sen. Jeff Golden, mark launch of Pianos for Peace Oregon

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” has partnered with Atlanta-based nonprofit Pianos for Peace to launch Pianos for Peace Oregon, a weeklong festival of painted pianos and free “peace through music”-themed events in Ashland, Oregon. The week will be capped with a concert on October 6 by Malek Jandali, the founder of Pianos for Peace and a Syrian-American composer, pianist, and peace activist who arrives in the Rogue Valley today.

Painted pianos come to downtown Ashland

Anima Mundi Productions installed two pianos in downtown Ashland on Monday, September 30. The first, featuring a “Garden of Peace” theme, was painted by local professional artists and is situated in front of the Black Swan Theatre on the corner of Pioneer and E. Main. The second was painted by Phoenix High School students and can be found in Lithia Park near the playground. Passerbys of all ages have expressed their delight to come across the pianos and learn that they can be played by anyone.

Anima Mundi Productions executive director Ethan Gans-Morse said, “The community has shown such a heartwarming response to these pianos. There’s a special kind of magic just watching how these pianos brighten people’s day through the gift of art and music.”

The pianos will remain downtown through Monday, October 7.

Free public launch event features live music and special guests

Anima Mundi Productions hosts a Pianos for Peace Oregon launch event on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:30 pm at the Thalden Pavilion across the street from Ashland Middle School on Walker Ave. This event, which acknowledges all the contributors who have made this program possible, will feature musical performances by world-class pianist and composer Malek Jandali, as well as famed composer Michael Silversher and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. Malek Jandali will also present his annual Pianos for Peace Ambassador award to Oregon Senator Jeff Golden in recognition of a career dedicated to promoting peace.

Tickets to Anima Mundi’s Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066. Information about Pianos for Peace, including both professional and community photos, at www.PianosforPeaceOregon.org

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
541-778-1211 or ethan@animamundiproductions.com

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Sept. 5

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
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    Ethan Gans-Morse
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Local Arts Nonprofit Presents “Pianos for Peace” and a Week of Peace through Music Event

UPDATE SEPT. 30, 2019: Upon the completion of Pianos for Peace Oregon, one piano will be donated to the Armadillo Technical Institute in Phoenix, Oregon; the other will be donated to the Phoenix Civic Center.

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” proudly announces Peace Through Music, a week of free events featuring Syrian-American pianist, composer, and peace activist Malek Jandali, culminating in a formal concert at SOU on October 6.

  • September 30-October 7: Lithia Park and Corner of S. Pioneer and E. Main
    Pianos for Peace Oregon
    Anima Mundi Productions will make available two beautifully painted pianos for the general public to view and play during a week-long “Pianos for Peace” Festival in downtown Ashland. One piano, to be found in front of the Black Swan Theatre at the corner of S. Pioneer and E. Main streets, has been painted by a team of professional artists led by local painters Judy Grillo and Tiziana DellaRovere. A second piano, to be found near the playground in Lithia Park, has been painted by students of art teacher Jessica Rollins at North Phoenix High School. More information about Pianos for Peace further below in this Release.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 3:30-4:30 pm: Thalden Pavilion on Walker Ave.
    Pianos for Peace Oregon Launch Event
    Anima Mundi Productions presents a brief program of musical performances by Malek Jandali, Michael Silversher, and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. This “ribbon-cutting” event is produced in collaboration with the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission and marks the formal launch of Pianos for Peace Oregon. The program includes acknowledgment of the many visual artists who worked on the project, as well as the bestowal of Malek Jandali’s annual Pianos for Peace award to a Rogue Valley citizen in recognition of a career dedicated to promoting peace through the arts.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm: Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N Mountain Ave.
    Peace through Music Interfaith Event
    Anima Mundi Productions and the Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue present an interfaith presentation on the theme of overcoming conflict through music. Malek Jandali will share profoundly moving stories of traveling the world to preserve the musical heritage of his native Syria through his compositions which incorporate ancient melodies from Aleppo, Damascus, and other stops on the Silk Road.
  • Thursday, October 3: JPR radio (the program runs between 8:00-10:00 am)
    Jefferson Exchange
    Malek will appear on the Jefferson Exchange morning program to talk about Pianos for Peace, his musical work, and his week of performances in Ashland.
  • Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:30 pm: Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave.
    Overcoming War’s Impact On Culture
    Peace House Director Elizabeth Hallett will moderate a discussion featuring Malek Jandali and members of the Rogue Valley Peace Community discussing how culture—while at risk of being annihilated by war—is nevertheless a powerful resource for promoting peace, even in the context of Syria’s ongoing brutal Civil War.
  • Sunday, October 6: 3:00 pm: SOU Music Recital Hall, 450 S Mountain Ave.
    Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio
    Malek’s time in Ashland concludes with a formal recital program of his original works. He will be joined by two longtime Ashland favorites, cellist Michal Palzewicz and former OSF musician and SOU professor David Rogers, who will perform on the oud, the Middle-Eastern ancestor of the lute. This is the only event requiring a paid ticket, which can be purchased at humanitytickets.com or by calling (541) 833-3066.

Pianos for Peace Oregon
Malek Jandali is the founder of Pianos for Peace, an Atlanta-based non-profit that runs an annual open festival of music using pianos painted by local artists and placed in public spaces for all to play and enjoy in order to unite people in the community. To date, Pianos for Peace has partnered with more than 20 non-profit organizations, engaged more than 50 artists in community volunteer programs, and donated 95 pianos to local community-based organizations in metro Atlanta.

Anima Mundi Productions is proud to collaborate with Mr. Jandali to create our Ashland-based Pianos for Peace Oregon program. More information at PianosforPeace.org and animamundiproductions.com/p4p

Pianos for Peace Oregon is generously sponsored by Sarah and Bill Epstein. Additional funding for Malek’s performances in Ashland is made possible by grants from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The Heart of Humanity Concert Series
Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio is the first concert in a new series which will debut this fall in Ashland. All of these concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

Our concert co-sponsors for Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio are James Collier and Rita Reitz.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert.

Tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
541-778-1211 or ethan@animamundiproductions.com

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Aug. 15

2019

  • Phoenix, Oregon
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Rogue Valley-Based Arts Organization Awarded $25,000 OCF Grant to Produce
Dreams Have No Borders

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” was one of only two Southern Oregon non-profits to receive the Oregon Community Foundation’s highly competitive “Creative Heights” grant for 2019, the other being the Britt Festival.

According to the OCF, each year, OCF provides Creative Heights Grants to up to 15 of the most innovative and culturally impactful proposals by artists and groups across Oregon.

“The Creative Heights Initiative puts philanthropic dollars to work as innovation capital in the arts sector. Allowing artists to take creative risks on new work is essential to the overall arts, culture and heritage health of the state of Oregon,” said Jerry Tischleder, OCF’s Program Officer for Arts and Culture. “We celebrate their ingenuity, passion and efforts to create vibrant and accessible arts opportunities for all people throughout the state.”

Anima Mundi Productions received Creative Heights funding to support the creation and world premiere performance of a new musical work called Dreams Have No Borders, a narrative song cycle for three singers and string quartet which will premiere in Ashland on Sunday, April 26 at the SOU Music Recital Hall. The piece is based on a year of interviews that the creators of the work conducted with Latino immigrants in the Rogue Valley, which were then composited into a fictional story by resident author Tiziana DellaRovere and set to music by resident composer Ethan Gans-Morse with support from local nonprofits such as Unite Oregon.

The world premiere performance will feature world-class talent, including a Grammy-winning soprano, singers from Houston Grand Opera, and the Delgani String Quartet, called “The state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch. This project has also received funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Miller Foundation, and the Carpenter Foundation.

Anima Mundi executive director and project composer Ethan Gans-Morse said, “This project represents everything we seek to accomplish as an organization—it stands at the intersection of the fine arts and the urgent need to tell the stories of marginalized people in our community. We’re profoundly grateful to receive the support of the Oregon Community Foundation.”

The Heart of Humanity Concert Series
The world premiere performance of Dreams Have No Borders will be the final concert in the first season of the Heart of Humanity series, a new concert series which Anima Mundi Productions is launching in Ashland. All of these concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert.

Tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
541-778-1211 or ethan@animamundiproductions.com

June 22

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
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Local Arts Organization Launches New Socially Oriented Concert Series in Ashland

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Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” proudly announces its new Heart of Humanity concert series which will debut this fall in Ashland. All Heart of Humanity concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University.

The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert, including Rogue Valley-based composer Ethan Gans-Morse, poet Tiziana DellaRovere and pianist/composer Jodi French. The series features internationally renowned performers, including Estelí Gomez, a Grammy-award winning soprano; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte; tenor Rafael Moras; the Delgani String Quartet, which has been hailed as “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch; and Malek Jandali, a Syrian-American composer/pianist whose work has been called “a major new addition to the 21st century symphonic literature” by Fanfare Magazine. Each concert will be followed by discussion about the concert’s theme with the opportunity for dialogue with the audience.

At the series opening concert, entitled “Peace Through Music,” on October 6, 2019, Anima Mundi Productions will present the Malek Jandali Trio. Malek Jandali, an award-winning composer and “acclaimed pianist” (BBC WorldNews) will present an afternoon of his original compositions inspired by the musical heritage of his native Syria. Mr. Jandali’s compositions incorporate ancient melodies from Aleppo, Damascus, and other stops on the Silk Road, echoing UNESCO’s call to preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of Syria and the Silk Road at a time when it is being eradicated. Mr. Jandali’s trio includes local cellist Michal Palzewicz and Eugene-based David Rogers on oud, the Middle Eastern ancestor of the lute. Mr. Jandali is the founder of Pianos for Peace, an annual open festival of music using pianos beautifully painted by local artists and place in public spaces for all to play and enjoy in order to unite people in the community. Anima Mundi Productions is proud to collaborate with Mr. Jandali to bring Pianos for Peace to Ashland in the weeks preceding his October 6 concert.

For the second concert in the series, entitled “With Malice Toward None, With Charity for All,” Anima Mundi Productions will present baritone Christopheren Nomura accompanied by pianists Daniel Lockert and Ashland pianist Jodi French. Mr. Nomura will present an unforgettable recital of classical and popular works that explore the pressing topic of healing the wounds of war and restoring compassion. Repertoire will include the world premiere of new works by Jodi French and Anima Mundi resident artists Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere. Known for the “force and beauty of his voice,” (The Washington Post) and “first rate” performances (The New York Times) as well as his personal charm, Mr. Nomura will take audiences on a healing journey through song. Mr. Nomura is a long-time Rogue Valley favorite, who was last heard in the Valley on the Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

For the final concert of the series, entitled Dreams Have No Borders, on April 26, 2020, Anima Mundi Productions will present the world premiere of the newest work by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere. This narrative song cycle about immigration is based on the real-life stories of Oregon’s migrant families as told to Gans-Morse and DellaRovere in interviews held throughout 2018 and 2019. Featuring Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and tenor Rafael Moras, accompanied by the Delgani String Quartet, Dreams Have No Borders follows a young mother’s harrowing journey to create a better life for herself and her family. The creation of Dreams Have No Borders has been supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Mr. Gans-Morse and Ms. DellaRovere’s previous work, entitled “How Can You Own the Sky,” was commissioned by the Rogue Valley Symphony for its 50th season-closing concert in April 2018, which was met with enormous enthusiasm by sold-out audiences in Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass.

Subscription season tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are now on sale by visiting www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066. Single tickets will go on sale on July 1, 2019.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse: 541-778-1211.

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