News: Current and Recent Activities

The artists of Kosmologia are part of the following projects:

Upcoming:

•On Friday, May 22, at 2pm EDT, Carmen-Helena Téllez is joined by the brilliant conductor Dominick DiOrio for a discussion on new cross-disciplinary and technological directions for choral music, produced by Alain Barker and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development of the Jacobs School of Music. Everyone is invited.

https://www.facebook.com/events/244983303592115/

•Kosmologia Project has been forced to suspend its collaboration with The Princeton Festival, for a new interdisciplinary artwork dedicated to Emily Dickinson. Initially scheduled for June 17, 2020 it is now postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic. Stay tuned for updates!

•Kosmologia has entered into a consortium with Ensemble Concept/21 and the artistic foundation Ultreia, both serving the greater Chicago and Michiana areas,  to co-create a new immersive and interactive opera on the immigrant’s experience with Cuban-American composer Ileana Pérez-Velázquez.

•Natasha Stojanovska, a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University and a brilliant pianist has recorded a spectacular collection of works by women composers of Eastern Europe with Carmen-Helena Téllez as producer.  Stay tuned for updates of this project!

Recent:

•Carmen-Helena Téllez and Kosmologia just produced and conducted the  interdisciplinary premieres of Greg Spears’s The Tower and the Garden and Jorge Muñiz’s The Beatitudes both for chorus and string quartet with the Euclid Quartet at Indiana University South Bend (May 10, 2019). Carmen-Helena Téllez co -commissioned The Tower and The Garden in consortium with the eminent conductors and ensembles Donald Nally (Professor of Choral Conducting at Northwestern University and Director of  The Crossing of Philadelphia); Mark Shapiro (Cantori New York) and Robert Geary (Volti of San Francisco). We are proud of being part of this team of artists, addressing climate change and the future of our children. We thank the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music for supporting the consortium’s dream!

•Carmen-Helena Téllez produced and directed a new work by Michel Petrossian for soprano, countertenor, violin, viola, clarinet and piano, with Ensemble Concept/21 for the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend (April 2 and 5, 2019).

•Kosmologia Project’s sister company, Aquava New Music Studio, has issued a CD of works by the American microtonalist composer and MacArthur Award Winner John Eaton devoted to the poems of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, on March 30, 2019. John Eaton was Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago and an artist labeled “the most interesting opera composer working in America today” by  The Financial Times. Carmen-Helena Téllez was the producer and music director, with the collaboration of assistant conductor and producer, Kosmologia’s associate director Gregory Geehern.

•The Magic Flute of the Andes, an adaptation of Mozart’s full opera for Andean legends and instruments, took place with Carmen-Helena Tellez as arranger and music director, with stage director Chia Patiño, for Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, (June 14-24, 2018). It was presented again as the central performance of Opera Latinoamérica’s international conference in Quito, (October 20-24, 2018).

•Conductor Greg Geehern onducted a concert of Baroque works for the Princeton Festival, June 30, 2018.

•Mozart’s Requiem, at the Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, in a ritualized performance with  Carmen-Helena Téllez as concept and music director, in collaboration with  stage director Chia Patiño (March 23-24, 2018).

•Carmen-Helena Téllez provided the concept and musical direction for a recent collaboration with  the McGrath Institute for Church Life and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame , “Illuminating the Incarnation: A Musical Meditation on the St. John’s Bible”, (September 24, 2017).

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