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.

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  • All concerts take place in the SOU Music Recital Hall
    450 S. Mountain Ave, Ashland, Oregon
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With Malice Toward None,
With Charity For All:

Baritone Christòpheren Nomura with pianists Daniel Lockert and Jodi French

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00
SOU Music Recital Hall, Ashland

Join baritone Christòpheren Nomura—a longtime Rogue Valley favorite—for an unforgettable recital of classical and popular works that explore the pressing topic of healing the wounds of war and restoring compassion. Repertoire will include the world premiere of new works by Jodi French and Anima Mundi resident artists Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere. Known for the “force and beauty of his voice” (The Washington Post) and “first-rate” performances (The New York Times), as well as his personal charm, Mr. Nomura will take audiences on a healing journey through song.

Christòpheren Nomura has performed with many of the world’s greatest ensembles, including the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, and his recitals include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and San Francisco Performances. He was in the original Broadway cast of Allegiance and appeared in the Martin Scorsese feature film version of Madama Butterfly and the Vatican “Jubilee” performance of Bernstein’s Mass.

"Autumn Elegy: A Curse On Geographers " by Stefania De Kenessey

by Christòpheren Nomura, Baritone | Never Broken

All of our Heart of Humanity concerts are supported by the Oregon Arts Commission.


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

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:00
SOU Music Recital Hall, Ashland

Join us for a very special event: the world premiere of Dreams Have No Borders, a new narrative song cycle 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.

"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

This concert is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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.


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