Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Bass Concert Hall @ UT Austin (map)

Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, it’s difficult to turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work.  In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact Mapplethorpe’s work had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle. 

This major collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal, features the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth. It revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against some of the most captivating and divisive words and images the world has ever known. 

Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this extraordinary work allows the audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, insatiable view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt, and love one another. 

Triptych will contain a frank discussion of sexuality, queer identity, and race, and may include photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe depicting sexuality, sexual acts, nudity, flowers, and classical portraiture.

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes on One on Another) @ Cal Performances

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes on One on Another) @ Cal Performances

Zellerbach Hall @ UC Berkeley (map)

The cool classical symmetry and bold eroticism of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography meet sound and text in a hybrid theatrical experience that invites us to reflect on the intimate acts of looking and being looked at. Composer Bryce Dessner, best known as a member of the rock group The National, has had a lifelong fascination with the transgressive beauty of Mapplethorpe's work, and now collaborates with librettist korde arrington tuttle, designer Carlos Soto, and director Kaneza Schaal to revisit the photographer's oeuvre nearly 30 years after it instigated a now-infamous obscenity trial and controversy at the National Endowment for the Arts. The libretto draws on the poetry of Patti Smith and the writings of Essex Hemphill, who chronicled the African-American gay community during the AIDS epidemic and directly addressed the contradictions at the core of Mapplethorpe's work. Dessner's new score is performed by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, joined by special guests Alicia Hall Moran and Isaiah Robinson, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Beautifully crafted and performed...[Dessner] creates a full spectrum of tonalities from the deepest black shadows to blazing white highlights (SF Classical Voice). 

This production features sexually explicit images from the Robert Mapplethorpe collection that may be inappropriate for some audience members. Discretion is advised. 

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) @ Stanford Live

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) @ Stanford Live

Stanford Memorial Auditorium (map)

Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, it’s difficult to turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work.  In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact Mapplethorpe’s work had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle. 

This major collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal, features the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth. It revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against some of the most captivating and divisive words and images the world has ever known. 

Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this extraordinary work allows the audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, insatiable view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt, and love one another. 

Triptych will contain a frank discussion of sexuality, queer identity, and race, and may include photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe depicting sexuality, sexual acts, nudity, flowers, and classical portraiture.

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Roomful of Teeth performs Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

The Moore Theater (map)

Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, it’s difficult to turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work.  In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact Mapplethorpe’s work had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle. 

This major collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal, features the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth. It revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against some of the most captivating and divisive words and images the world has ever known. 

Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this extraordinary work allows the audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, insatiable view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt, and love one another. 

Triptych will contain a frank discussion of sexuality, queer identity, and race, and may include photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe depicting sexuality, sexual acts, nudity, flowers, and classical portraiture.

The Sounds of Time: Songs of the Trouvères w/ TENET Vocal Artists

The Sounds of Time: Songs of the Trouvères w/ TENET Vocal Artists

St. Paul's Episcopal Church (map)

An exploration of 12th- and 13th-century songs by the French trouvères, who took over many of the forms invented by troubadours, but also infused a new, lighter vein into this great lyric tradition, in which “high art” songs of courtly love rub shoulders with cheeky tales.

The Secret Lover | Strozzi @ 400 w/ TENET Vocal Artists

The Secret Lover | Strozzi @ 400 w/ TENET Vocal Artists

House of the Redeemer (map)

TENET Vocal Artists present Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn, and Virginia Warnken Kelsey in their ongoing project The Secret Lover in a program of works by Barbara Strozzi and her contemporaries.

The Secret Lover | Strozzi @ 400 w/ TENET Vocal Artists

The Secret Lover | Strozzi @ 400 w/ TENET Vocal Artists

House of the Redeemer (map)

TENET Vocal Artists present Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn, and Virginia Warnken Kelsey in their ongoing project The Secret Lover in a program of works by Barbara Strozzi and her contemporaries.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Beth David Congregation (map)

Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

St. Gregory’s Episcopal (map)

Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

St. Phillip’s Episcopal (map)

Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

All Saints Episcopal Church (map)

Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

All Souls Episcopal Church (map)

Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Ordo Virtutum w/ Seraphic Fire

Sauder Concert Hall (map)

Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire makes their return appearance to Sauder Concert Hall for a performance and to record their latest project. The Miami- based vocal ensemble will perform Ordo Virtutum, or Play of the Virtues, a medieval musical drama written by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen, universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages. Told in Hildegard’s haunting plainchant compositions, the “Soul” struggles between the pull of the Virtues and the Devil, and features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

A Seraphic Fire Christmas in Vermont

A Seraphic Fire Christmas in Vermont

Grafton Community Church (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

St. Boniface Church (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

St. Mark's Episcopal Church (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

First Miami Presbyterian (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

St. Gregory’s Episcopal (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

First United Methodist (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

All Saints Episcopal (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

All Souls Episcopal Church (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

Vanderbilt Presbyterian (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

St. Philip’s Episcopal (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

Key Biscayne Crossbridge (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.


A Seraphic Fire Christmas

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

So. Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (map)

The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.