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Saturday, September 21 at 7pm in the Foundry Theater, 920 Corry St., Yellow Springs
Sunday, September 22 at 3pm at the High Street Methodist Church, 230 East High St., Springfield
This year we are honored to be part of the Levitt Pavilion lineup. The concert, Our Planet—Our Lives, coincides with the UN’s Climate Justice for Peace Day (September 21).
Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia is a 40-minute contemporary work that is derived from a traditional religious form meant to move listeners to reflect on the interconnectedness and sanctity of all life on earth. It weaves the recorded calls of wolf, whale, and harp seal together with choral voices, soloists and a small ensemble of instrumentalists. Textured throughout in this lyrical environmental liturgy are rhythms from Africa, Brazil and the American gospel tradition. The voices of the animals are more than mere sound as they inspire the meaning and shape the form of each musical movement
In addition to our performance of Missa Gaia, we have commissioned two African American composers, Ayanna Woods and Norman Whiteside, to write short original works for us that address climate justice. Not only that, we will be joined by invited guests from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for several of the movements of the Missa Gaia.
Admission is free, donations are welcome.