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Performances Main Stage - 2020/21

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“… a consistently ravishing sound from the singers.” —The New York Times on Ars Nova Copenhagen
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The entire 2020/21 season is now on hold.


Book of Mountains and Seas by Huang Ruo (described by The New York Times as “one of the world’s leading young composers.”), a work for 12 singers, percussion – and the magic of Basil Twists’ life-size puppets – takes mythological stories from an ancient Chinese compilation of early myths first transcribed in the 4th century BCE. The music comes alive with the world-class sounds of vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen.


Huang Ruo, music & text
Basil Twist, direction & design
Paul Hillier, music director
Ars Nova Copenhagen, vocal ensemble
Ryan Scott and Michelle Colton, percussion

Commissioned and produced by Ars Nova Copenhagen, Beth Morrison Projects, Soundstreams, Internationale Koorbiennale, Virgina Tech, and Linda & Stuart Nelson.