Rogue Valley Nonprofit Releases Concert Series Online for Free
April 18 @ 5:30 pm - August 2 @ 7:30 pmFree
Anima Mundi Productions 2021 Concert Season to be Released as Festival of Free Videos
Anima Mundi Productions, an Ashland-based performing arts nonprofit
dedicated to producing and presenting new musical works that address urgent societal
challenges, has converted the entire second season of their Heart of Humanity concert series into
a series of four concert-length videos which will be released free to the public in the coming
months starting on April 18, 2021. These videos, which Anima Mundi is calling A Time For
Life: A Spring Video Festival, includes renowned performers such as Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Portland-based professional choir Cappella Romana, and the elite LA-
based HEX Vocal Ensemble, performing both new and classical works on environmental themes, as well as the world premiere of a new oratorio about Oregonians’ experiences of
the COVID pandemic.
About the Heart of Humanity Series
The Heart of Humanity concert series, currently in its second season, is dedicated to bringing
world-class musicians to Ashland to give voice to marginalized people with compassion and
depth and turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing and mutual
understanding. This season is focused on themes of environmental stewardship.
Season 2: A Time for Life
According to a statement on Anima Mundi Productions’ website:
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.
A Special Encore Presentation of The Canticle of the Black Madonna
In addition to the release of three new videos, the festival will include free streaming of Anima
Mundi Productions’ 2014 opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna by resident artists composer
Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere. The opera, which tells the fictional story of an
Army veteran struggling with PTSD during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, was called “A huge
achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate” by The Oregonian and
“One of the most exciting developments of the arts season” by Oregon ArtsWatch.
How and When to Watch
Viewers can access the videos upon their release on Anima Mundi Productions’ website at
www.humanitytickets.com. Each video will be released with a special ticketed launch event
and will thereafter remain online for the duration of the festival with no ticket required:
Concert 1: A Time for Life
Featuring Cappella Romana
Begins streaming with a special launch event on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific
Special Event: The Canticle of the Black Madonna
Begins streaming with a special launch event on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific
Concert 2: Sky and All
Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin
Begins streaming with a special launch event on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific
Concert 3: Six Feet Apart, Stories of Resilience and Transformation
Begins streaming with a special launch event on Sunday, August 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific
More about Six Feet Apart, a new multimedia oratorio drawn from real-life stories
Anima Mundi Productions is proud to be partnering with the Southern Oregon Historical Society
and to have received consultation from other area nonprofits in our effort to collect and make
available to the public a diverse cross-section of Oregonians’ experiences during the pandemic.
The stories collected for this project reflect the diversity of Oregonians’ pandemic experiences.
Composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere and their collaborators collected
stories via Zoom and phone calls as well as online submissions throughout the fall of 2020,
including from students at H.B. Lee Middle School in Portland.
Current and Former Poets Laureate and a Renowned Artist
The Six Feet Apart project has also received submissions from three particularly renowned
Oregonians: current and former poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford have contributed
their poetry to the project, and artist Betty LaDuke has contributed images from her Pandemic
Masks series, which will appear at key moments in the oratorio video.
All of the stories collected will be made available to the public online this summer in a new
website which will be curated by the Southern Oregon Historical Society: