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: In the spring of 2021, we’re bringing all three of these concerts to you as free 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, as well as special “meet the creators” events.

Please visit our new UPDATES PAGE or call 541-833-3066 (ext. 3) for the latest updates. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unusual season together.

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

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 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.

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-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 HEX Ensemble

Performed by HEX, a vocal ensemble featuring members of the LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, C3LA, and LA Choral Lab dedicated to innovative musical storytelling.

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.

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


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

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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) 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

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

"Gloria"

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


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

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.

A Time for Life nature photography courtesy of Aaron Moffatt