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•SEPTEMBER 16, 2015,   7PM, BUCHANAN CHAPEL, FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHICAGO

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2015, 7:30, PATRICIA GEORGE DECIO THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

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“Music, Courage and Remembrance”  is a new co-creative interdisciplinary performance and installation designed by Carmen-Helena Téllez for Kosmologia in collaboration with NON:op Open Opera, featuring performances of works by  Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran. The concept involves also a soundscape based on her music by NON:op founding artist and composer Christopher Preissing, visual direction and objects by  Chicago-based installation artist Gwen Terry, and original choreography and dancing by Ayako Kato. It will play on September 16, 2015 at the Buchanan Chapel of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and the Patricia George Decio Theater of the University of Notre Dame on September 18. The concerts are free to the public thanks to support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The program will feature “Inscriptions” for violin solo, “Apprehensions,” for soprano, clarinet and piano, and the extraordinary “Credo/Ani Ma’amin”  for 12 solo voices. The program displays in a performative manner some of the guiding principles of Shulamit Ran’s artistic life. She has reflected on some of the  devastating events in the 20th and 21st century, including the Holocaust and 9/11, but based on her Jewsih traditions, she has moved on to express the beauty of faith and healing emerging through purposeful memory and reflection.

Shulamit Ran’s “Credo/Ani ma Amin” for 12 solo voices was commissioned and recorded in an abridged version by the renowned American ensemble Chanticleer. It received its full musical premiere under the baton of Carmen-Helena Téllez in 2009 at Indiana University, followed by a second performance at the Rockefeller Chapel of the University of Chicago. The work tropes words from both the Jewish and Christian statements of faith with letters and other documents of actual historical events during the Holocaust and 9/11.  The prayer of faith endures and perseveres through music of exalted beauty. This performance will be the first to include multimedia elements.

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Shulamit Ran. Photo by Laura Hamm