Heart of Humanity Concert Series

Our Heart of Humanity series brings world-class musicians to Ashland, giving voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth and turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing and mutual understanding.

UPDATE: Over the first half of 2021, we’re bringing all three of these concerts to you as high-quality videos that you can watch from the comfort and safety of your home. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be announcing more details about the creation and the roll-out of these videos. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Please visit our new UPDATES PAGE or call 541-833-3066 (ext. 3) for the latest updates.

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.

Concert 1: A Time for Life

CAppella Romana

Founded in 1991, Cappella Romana is one of the preeminent professional vocal ensembles on the West Coast, having produced numerous critically acclaimed studio recordings. While their name derives from their unique mastery of Roman, Byzantine, and Gregorian chant, Cappella Romana has taken a leading role in presenting the vocal works of contemporary composers.

Commissioned and performed by renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, Robert Kyr’s A Time For Life traces a journey from the glory of creation through potential modern destruction and finally to a hopeful future in which humanity serves as a steward of the earth and returns to a state of unity and wholeness.

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.

Anima Mundi Productions and Cappella Romana are co-producing a stunning new multimedia video featuring gorgeous natural scenery to accompany this timely and sumptuous environmental oratorio. 

Concert 2: Sky and All Will Live Again

Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin

Hot off her recent performances with the New York Philharmonic and concerts at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and beyond, two-time 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 asked Estelí and Colin to prepare a program of classical and contemporary songs that take us on a journey into the beauty and fragility of nature.

Anima Mundi Productions is proud to present this very special duo recital as an intimate, COVID-safe video. 

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-winning soprano Estelí Gomez has been praised for her “clear, bright voice” (New York Times) and “artistry that belies her young years” (Kansas City Metropolis). 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

Resonance Ensemble

Called “Part social commentary, part group therapy, and part best damn choir show in town” by Oregon ArtsWatch, Portland-based professional choir Resonance Ensemble is known for its “brilliant tone, stylistic versatility, and musical expressivity, [giving] voice to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of all communities” (All Classical Portland).

In the Summer of 2021, Anima Mundi Productions will partner with Portland-based professional choir Resonance Ensemble to offer the world premiere of Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation, an innovative virtually-presented 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.

Our goal is to harness the power of music, poetry, and art to amplify diverse voices and foster collective healing in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six Feet Apart will premiere as a multimedia online video performance featuring Resonance Ensemble, vocal soloists, and chamber instrumentation, plus video animation by Omar Ramos of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Dreams Have No Borders

The WORLD PREMIERE performance of the newest work by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere

Featuring Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Duarte, Tenor Rafael Moras, and the Delgani String Quartet

Postponed to March 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm
SOU Music Recital Hall, Ashland

This event has been postponed to March 21, 2021.
All existing tickets will be honored. For info and questions, please call 541-833-3066. 

Join us for a very special event: the world premiere of Dreams Have No Borders, a new concert 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-winning 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 others), tenor Rafael Moras (“His singing remained warm and ingratiating, from low note to high, from first scene to last”—Opera News), 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.

Artwork by Poli Marichal. Used by permission.

Artist Audio Samples

"Uniting" from "Songs of the Soul" by Robert Kyr

by Esteli Gomez, Soprano | Conspirare: "The Cloud of Unknowing"

"Gloria"

by Cecilia Duarte, Mezzo | Glenn McClure: A Caribbean Mass

Cast Update Video


All soloists and repertoire subject to change without notice

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