We Cannot Walk Alone

The 2021-22 season of our Heart of Humanity series featured world-class performers Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, Artina McCain, and Imani Winds, premiering seven new works we commissioned by Black, First Nations/Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx composers.

Imani Winds:

We Cannot Walk Alone

Due to a Covid outbreak, this concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2022. Call (541) 833-3066 ext. 2 for ticket help.

Join us for We Cannot Walk Alone—a groundbreaking collaboration between Anima Mundi Productions, Oregon Bach Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest that explores the lived experiences of diverse composers of the Pacific Northwest. This unforgettable instrumental performance by the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds will feature the world premieres of three works that offer new perspectives into our region’s history and new hope for our region’s future.

Hailed as “dazzling” and “exhilarating” by The Washington Post, the Imani Winds have led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds over their two decades of music making. 

The Imani Wind’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet. The ensemble regularly performs in prominent international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall and the Kimmel Center. Their touring schedule has taken them throughout the Asian continent, Brazil, Australia, England, New Zealand and across Europe.

Audio Excerpt:

Anima Mundi Productions has commissioned composers Yuan-Chen Li, Miguel del Águila, and Damien Geter in collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Bach Festival

Student pricing (under 25 years old) and Oregon Trail card holder tickets available at the door with presentation of valid ID.
Please arrive 30 minutes early to purchase Student and Oregon Trail tickets at the door.

Maternità

Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, Dramatic Soprano
in recital with Artina McCain, Pianist

A unique new recital exploring the theme of motherhood through famous operatic heroines and world premieres by Black, First Nations/Indigenous, and Latina female composers.

Now Streaming Online

Anima Mundi Productions has commissioned composers Regina Harris Baiocchi, Barbara Assiginaak, Carolina Calvache, and Jasmine Barnes.

Why We Cannot Walk Alone?

For the 2021-22 season of our Heart of Humanity concert series, Anima Mundi Productions joined a growing movement of arts organizations seeking to open up long-barricaded space to invite collaboration with performing artists and composers of color.


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Previous premieres from our 2021 Video Festival Season

We’ve made these virtual productions free for all to enjoy.


Six Feet Apart

Performed by HEX Vocal Ensemble and Brightwork Ensemble

Music by Ethan Gans-Morse
Poetry by Tiziana DellaRovere
Special Guest poetry by Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford
Video design by Camilla Tassi
Guest artist Betty LaDuke 

Watch the new multimedia video concert based on our community’s pandemic stories

This remarkable collection of musicians—which includes performers from LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, and LA Philharmonic—have been described by the LA Times in superlative terms, such as “downright superhuman,” “worthy of our wonder,” “exquisite,” and “vibrant.”

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 premiered as a multimedia online video performance featuring HEX Vocal Ensemble, the Brightwork Ensemble, and filmmaker Camilla Tassi.


Sky and All

Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin

Now streaming for FREE

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.

During the height of the Covid Pandemic, we 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).


Coming Soon…


Cover artwork by Poli Marichal. Used by special arrangement.

Dreams Have No Borders

In response to COVID, we’re producing a special film version of this unique opera by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere

Featuring Grammy-winning singers Estelí Gomez, Cecilia Duarte,
David M. Sanchez, and the Delgani String Quartet

With a special guest appearance by the Teokalli Aztec Dance Troupe

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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), mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte (critically acclaimed for her “robust” and “creamy” voice by The New York Times), and tenor David M. Sanchez 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, Dreams Have No Borders will surprise you, touch your heart, and lift your spirit.


Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.