Each video in the Festival will launch with a ticketed live online event featuring the artists and creators.
After each launch event, the concert video itself will be made available for free and will remain available on this page for the duration of the Festival.
Concert 1: A Time for Life
Launched on Sunday, April 18
Founded in 1991, Cappella Romana is one of the preeminent professional vocal ensembles in North America, having produced over 25 critically acclaimed studio recordings and appeared worldwide on tour and in broadcasts. While their name derives from their unique mastery of Roman musical traditions (Byzantine in the East and “Old Roman” in the West), Cappella Romana has taken a leading role in premiering new works such as A Time for Life.
Join us for a new multimedia video performance of Robert Kyr’s stunning environmental oratorio, A Time for Life, now reimagined with visuals of Oregon’s breathtaking landscapes created and curated by the composer.
Commissioned and performed by renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, A Time for Life traces a journey from the glory of creation to the perils of our current situation and finally to a hopeful future in which humanity serves as a steward of the earth.
As the relationship between humanity and our environment stands at a perilous crossroads, the regenerative power of the arts is more important than ever. Music, poetry, and the visual arts have the unique ability to reconnect us with our hearts, returning us to a state of peaceful equilibrium within ourselves and our community.
“Kyr’s music wept for the Earth. It shuddered and then grew stronger, blooming into beauty before evaporating in silence.”
Concert 2: Sky and All
Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin
Special launch event on Sunday, June 13 at 5:30 Pacific
Hot off her recent performances with the New York Philharmonic and concerts at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and beyond, Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez joins us with her longtime collaborator, the award-winning classical guitarist Colin Davin, for a recital that exalts the power of the natural world.
Inspired by the enthusiastic response to our Christòpheren Nomura recital last January, we’ve engaged Estelí and Colin to record a video recital of classical and contemporary songs that take us on a journey into the beauty and vulnerability of nature.
Estelí Gomez can be heard on the Seattle Symphony’s 2017 recording of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, on the first track of the Silkroad Ensemble’s Grammy-winning 2016 album Sing Me Home, and on Roomful of Teeth’s 2014 Grammy-winning self-titled album featuring Caroline Shaw’s Partita, the work for which the composer was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Classical guitarist Colin Davin has appeared as a featured musical guest on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, and the Paris Conservatoire. He has “the distinct ability to wring the depths of expressiveness from all that he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine).
Grammy-winner Estelí Gomez has been praised for her “clear, bright voice” (New York Times) and as “a soprano with a floating, angelic voice and a powerful presence” (I Care If You Listen). Her longtime collaborator, Colin Davin, has been hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide).
Concert 3: Six Feet Apart
Stories of Resilience and Transformation
Performed by the HEX Vocal Ensemble
Special launch event on Sunday, August 22 at 5:30 Pacific
The group is driven by pieces and projects that utilize musical storytelling, extended vocal techniques, extraordinary presentation, and improvisation.
Anima Mundi Productions is proud to present Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation, an innovative multimedia choral oratorio that harnesses the power of music, poetry, and art to amplify diverse voices and foster collective healing in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Featuring music by Ethan Gans-Morse and poetry by Tiziana DellaRovere with special guest contributions by current and former Oregon poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford and renowned artist Betty LaDuke.
Six Feet Apart will premiere as a multimedia online video performance featuring the HEX Vocal Ensemble, vocal soloists, and chamber instrumentation.
Special Opera Streaming Event:
The Canticle of the Black Madonna
Special launch event on Sunday, May 30 at 5:30 Pacific
Click above to watch a 4-minute video trailer
Anima Mundi Productions is proud to present a limited-time encore presentation of our 2014 opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna. This cinematic 5-camera high definition recording of the live premiere is sung in English with English subtitles.
Even though this video will be free, tickets are still required to attend a special launch event featuring a chance to meet and share in a discussion with the creators of the opera and Oregon combat veterans. Please use the link above to claim a free ticket.
The second season of our Heart of Humanity concert series celebrates the beauty of our natural world and inspires us to nurture the preciousness of all life on earth.
As the relationship between humanity and our environment stands at a perilous crossroads, the regenerative power of the arts is more important than ever. Music, poetry, and the visual arts have the unique ability to reconnect us with our hearts, returning us to a state of peaceful equilibrium within ourselves and our community. Only then can we work together in common purpose to become better stewards of our planet.
Please join us in creating A Time For Life.
The generosity of our grantors and donors makes it possible for us to present all four of these videos free online for all the world to enjoy. If these concerts have touched your heart, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Anima Mundi Productions:
Coming this fall…
Cover artwork by Poli Marichal. Used by special arrangement.
Dreams Have No Borders
The WORLD PREMIERE performance of the newest work by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere
Featuring Grammy-winners soprano Estelí Gomez and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte with tenor Daniel Montenegro and the Delgani String Quartet
With a special guest appearance by the Teokalli Aztec Dance Troupe
Dreams Have No Borders is a new chamber opera about immigration by our resident composer/poet team, Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere, based on real-life stories of Oregon’s migrant families.
Featuring Grammy Award winners soprano Estelí Gomez, (praised for her “clear, bright voice” by The New York Times) and mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte (critically acclaimed for her “robust” and “creamy” voice by The New York Times and others) with tenor Daniel Montenegro (“A natural sense of phrasing, elegant line, lovely, evenly produced sound.”—The Washington Post) and the Delgani String Quartet (called “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon Arts Watch), Dreams Have No Borders follows a young mother’s harrowing journey to create a better life for herself and her family.
Combining stirring music and richly narrative poetry with artwork by Latino artists, Dreams Have No Borders will surprise you, touch your heart, and lift your spirit.
This project is the product of a year-long process of interviewing Oregon migrants and developing relationships with the many community service organizations that advocate on their behalf.
Artist Audio Samples
"Uniting" from "Songs of the Soul" by Robert Kyr
Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.
Heart of Humanity season 2 nature photography courtesy of Aaron Moffatt