Medford: Friday, April 20 ♦ Medford: Saturday, April 21 ♦ Grants Pass: Sunday, April 22
Ethan GANS-MORSE: How Can You Own The Sky?
A Symphonic Poem Honoring Native Wisdom
Commissioned by The Rogue Valley Symphony
Original poetry by Tiziana DellaRovere
Featuring Brent Florendo and Dancing Spirit
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9
Chloé Olivia Moore, soprano
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Brian Thorsett, tenor
Norman Garrett, baritone
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers
Rogue Valley Chorale
Masterworks Series Ashland performances
Sponsored by Robert Pohl
Masterworks Series Medford performances
Sponsored by Anonymous
Masterworks 6 Concerts
Sponsored by Barbara Johnson
Vocal Soloists Sponsored by
The Jerry and Jeanne Taylor Family Foundation
Ethan Gans-Morse is a critically-acclaimed composer and producer based in Southern Oregon. He is best known for composing and producing the opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna, which The Oregonian called “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate” and Oregon ArtsWatch hailed as “One of the most exciting developments of the arts season.” He focuses on collaborative, socially relevant projects that foster greater human connection. As Eugene Weekly described his work, “Classical music is often rightly accused of ignoring the here and now. Fortunately, [composers such as Gans-Morse] are using classical and postclassical forms to help us understand the sometimes-unpleasant realities of the world we live in.” Recent commissions include Tango of the White Gardenia, a tango-infused opera in two acts for Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene, Oregon.
Gans-Morse is the Executive Director of Anima Mundi Productions and the founder of the Ambrosia Ensemble. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the Portland Vocal Consort (winner of the 2010 Composer Competition), Chorus Austin, the American Creators Ensemble, the Quartetto Indaco, the Fireworks Ensemble, the Firebird Wind Trio, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. His music has been presented at numerous concert series, including the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, the Instrumenta Oaxaca Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Music Today Festival, the Vanguard Concert Series, the Oregon Composers Forum, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and the Ashland Winter Fine Arts Festival. He holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College.
Note: There will be no Masterworks 6 performance in Ashland. Friday and Saturday performances will both be in Medford.
Dates, music, and soloists subject to change without notice.