Big Mouth Society hosts community events with live music performances throughout the year, from informal Salons and festive fundraisers, to more traditional Mainstage concerts. Here’s a sampling of photos from a few of our recent events.
LOST | FOUND: a concert
Our Spring Mainstage concert, held in May 2019 at the Hallowed Halls, featured music addressing life’s inevitable challenges as well as its joy and solace. Every Big Mouth Society program celebrates diversity of viewpoints and discovery of rarely-heard music, and this one included a full array of instruments and colorful voices performing compositions by Guillaume de Binchois, Emma Lou Diemer, Emily Lau, Claudio Monteverdi, Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Eric Whitacre, and anonymous Sephardic women.
King of Monster Island: A Wild Memoir
In our April 2019 Mainstage production, celebrated performance artists and musicians Tina Chancey and Emily Lau joined forces to celebrate a life lived in music: forged in pain and tragedy, rich in creativity and joy, hard to talk about but fun to sing about, and especially fun to watch. Audiences experienced song, story, improv and movement in an inventive and moving tour-de-force that included viol solos, 14thc. lais by Guillaume de Machaut, Irish hornpipes, and Bosnian Sephardic tangos, as well as juvenilia, parody, satire and a shameless reworking of tunes by Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Tom Lehrer and Flory Jagoda.
Cold Songs Warm Songs: A Winter Musical Meditation
Cold Songs Warm Songs is our annual Fall Mainstage concert, and our November 2018 production included a stunning repertoire of music celebrating the season. It was a joyful gathering at the Hallowed Halls that included performances of Gabrieli’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, Eriks Esenvald’s “Stars” with singing bowls and glasses, Bach cantata and Monteverdi Madrigals among other beautiful pieces.
The Gonzales Cantata
Big Mouth Society kicked off its 2018-2019 season with the Portland premiere of Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata in October 2018. Just in time for election season, this beautiful, hilarious, neo-baroque cantata is based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and features soloists whose genders are reversed in relation to the characters they portray.
Images from our Big Mouth Launch Party, the Rainbow Soiree!