This evening-length concert brings together two literary-based contemporary musical works dramatized through puppetry. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2011 by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and based on Pedro Páramo by Mexican author Juan Rulfo, Comala explores our search for identity and love inside ancestral memory. Staged with the Mexican puppet company La Coperacha, this production is based on distinguished Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago’s stunning sculpture project 2501 migrants; it premiered at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara in 2018. Over its 39 years of existence, La Coperacha has established itself as one of the most relevant and groundbreaking cultural institutions in Mexico. Their work draws inspiration from folktales, contemporary pictorial work by Mexico’s leading painters and cartoonists, and diverse musical genres. Also on the program is a new work composed especially for this project by Daniel Pesca. The pairing of the two works, delicately connected by a prismatic interrelationship of thematic threads between their literary texts, invites distinct but complementary reflections on fundamental themes of love, loss, and identity.
The Zohn Collective features Tony Arnold, soprano; Zach Finkelstein, tenor; Tim Weiss, conductor. Theatrical puppets by La Coperacha (Guadalajara); staging by Antonio Camacho.
$25, CMA members $22.