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The Colorado: A Film Oratorio

The Colorado: A Film Oratorio

Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 8pm
Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center 


Co-commission World Premier with Da Camera

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For five million years, the Colorado River has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet, but the modern day demands of agriculture and climate change have put the once-mighty river's future in peril. Stage legend Mark Rylance narrates this fascinating and immersive multi-media eco-cantata in which a team of award-winning filmmakers, composers, musicians, and singers leads a strange and stunning 1500-mile visual and aural journey through the Colorado River Basin—from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains through the red cliffs of the Grand Canyon, through Hoover Dam to drought-plagued California—and inspires a call to action. 

The unique Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth, a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice, is joined by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

Composers: John Luther Adams, Shara Worden, Bill Brittelle, Glenn Kotche and Paola Prestini

Film Director: Murat Eyuboglu

Performers: Roomful of Teeth; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello; Glenn Kotche, percussion

Narrator: Mark Rylance

Composer-impresario Paola Prestini, named one of the Top 100 composers in the World under 40 by NPR, spearheads this new collaborative project, a music-driven documentary accompanied by original music, exploring water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin.

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