We Cannot Walk Alone
The third season of our Heart of Humanity series features world-class performers Takesha Meshé Kizart, Artina McCain, and Imani Winds, premiering seven new works we’ve commissioned by Black, First Nations/Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx composers.
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SINGLE-CONCERT tickets will go on sale January 1, 2022 on this webpage.
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Anima Mundi Productions
P.O. Box 1323 Phoenix, OR 97535
Concert 1: Maternità
Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, Dramatic Soprano in recital with Artina McCain, Collaborative Pianist
Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 at the SOU Recital Hall in Ashland, OR
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.
Takesha Meshé Kizart, dramatic soprano
Dr. Artina McCain, collaborative piano
Anima Mundi Productions and The Meshé Legacy present Maternità. Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas has been praised by the New York Times for a voice that is “powerful, lustrous, silky, caramel-hued, wielding impressive ease and elegant control” and called “worthy of all superlatives… with a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals… a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great ‘lionesses’ of the lyric theater.” (Opera Magazine)
From leading roles with storied institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera and Sydney Opera House, to sharing the stage with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis, to collaborating with Broadway in Chicago and HBO, to developing the new works SHONDJ and Opera Reconstructed, Ms. Kizart-Thomas couples her international artistic viewpoint with a vision for the arts that seeks to create, educate, unify, and empower.
She is joined by Memphis-based concert pianist Artina McCain, known for her “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society) and “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center). Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, Ms. McCain curates Black Composers Concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings of these works and won a Gold Global Music Award for her recent album project Heritage.
This recital is presented in collaboration with Seattle Opera, the N.W. African American Museum, the PSU School of Music & Theater, and Opera in the Park Portland.
Thursday, March 10 at the Seattle Opera Center, Seattle, WA
Sunday, March 13 at Lincoln Hall in Portland, OR
Anima Mundi Productions has commissioned composers Regina Harris Baiocchi, Barbara Assiginaak, Carolina Calvache, and Jasmine Barnes.
Concert 2: Imani Winds
We Cannot Walk Alone
Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 at the SOU Recital Hall in Ashland, OR
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 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 Grammy-nominated Imani Winds are known for their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, and imaginative collaborations.
This recital is presented in collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Bach Festival
Thursday, April 28 at the Alberta Rosa Theatre in Portland, OR
Friday, April 29 at Beall Hall in Eugene, OR
Anima Mundi Productions has commissioned composers Yuan-Chen Li, Miguel del Águila, and Damien Geter.
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.
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 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) and mezzo soprano Cecilia Duarte (critically acclaimed for her “robust” and “creamy” voice by The New York Times) with 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 with artwork by Latinx 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
Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.
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.