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Concert 1: Imani Winds
Sunday, November 6 at 3:30pm
Ashland Methodist Church, 175 N Main St, Ashland
NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME AND VENUE
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, and imaginative collaborations over their two decades of music making. In 2016, Imani Winds received their greatest accolade: a permanent presence in the classical music section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
For this program, Anima Mundi partnered with Portland-based Chamber Music Northwest and the Eugene-based Oregon Bach Festival to commission new works by Pacific Northwest composers of color that offer new perspectives into our region’s history and new hope for the region’s future.
NOTE: This concert was originally scheduled for May 1, last season, but was postponed due to Covid. Tickets sold to the May concert will be honored, and ticketholders can claim new tickets at will-call. The change of date also caused a change of venue and time. While Anima Mundi Productions’ “Heart of Humanity” concerts normally take place at 3pm at the SOU Music Recital Hall, this concert will be held at 3:30pm at the Ashland Methodist Church on the corner of N. Main and Laurel.
"Kites Over Havana"
Concert 2: In Mulieribus
Sunday, March 12 at 3:00pm
SOU Music Recital Hall, Mountain Ave, Ashland
In Mulieribus — Latin for “among women” — is a female vocal ensemble dedicated to strengthening community through the art of music. The ensemble specializes in works written before 1750 and champions new repertoire by female composers and for women’s voices, and their commitment to addressing urgent social challenges such as homeless youth, newly arrived immigrants, and youth mentorship makes In Mulieribus a natural fit for our Heart of Humanity series.
Their performances have been broadcast on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Performance Today and Millennium of Music. The ensemble’s five CDs have garnered high praise from The Oregonian, Oregon ArtsWatch, and many others:
“One of Oregon’s premier ensembles at the top of their form”
“The singing is rhythmically vital, often exuberant, and the sound pure and graceful”
“The women of In Mulieribus do more than sing choral works, they bring them to life.”
Concert 3: Uptown String Quartet
Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm
SOU Music Recital Hall, Mountain Ave, Ashland
Anima Mundi Productions proudly hosts the reunion of the legendary Uptown String Quartet. Founded as part of the Max Roach Double Quartet and including Max Roach’s Grammy-nominated daughter, the Uptown String Quartet went on to become a visionary and revolutionary all-female ensemble. They are equally virtuosic in a wide spectrum of musical repertoire as they are comfortable as concert performers, educators, and musical ambassadors. Their 1997 appearance on Mister Rogers was recently recreated onscreen in the 2019 Tom Hanks film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Members of the quartet also performed on the soundtracks of Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, and Miracle at St. Anna.
In collaboration with our artistic, educational, and racial justice partner organizations, Anima Mundi Productions will host the Uptown String Quartet for a weeklong residency culminating in their unforgettable return to the stage on May 7.
“The group’s repertoire… delightfully eclectic and often daringly arranged… demonstrated the quartet’s precision, warmth and expressiveness”
The Washington Post
"Midnight Child" (excerpt)
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 or Oregon Trail tickets at the door.
Premieres from previous Seasons
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
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).
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
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.