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CSO PROOF: El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered

NOV 30 | 8:00 pm | Music Hall Ballroom

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John ADAMS (arr. Christian Reif): El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered


Christian Reif, conductor

Julia Bullock, soprano
Jasmin White, contralto

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone


Music Hall Ballroom


CSO Proof Series

What's Interesting

From a concept by Julia Bullock and new arrangement by Christian Reif, John Adams’ massive revisionist opera-oratorio is transformed into an intimate setting for chamber orchestra. Interweaving biblical verse with poetry by Latin American writers, El Niño considers the Nativity story from Mary's perspective and explores in Adams' words, "what is meant by a miracle."

Local artist Rebecca Nava Soto enhances this intimate musical experience with an immersive installation inspired by El Niño and her Xicanx-Latinx heritage, where the syncretism of earth as mother converges with indigenous, Mesoamerican mythologies.

Audience members will navigate through a tactile, sensory landscape, that's both visual and olfactory, working in tandem with El Niño's rich and emotional musical narrative and transporting participants to a realm where art and ritual converge.