Sunday, June 9th, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
Cerimon House 5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland
One in 113 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. In this concert, we reflect on all of the parents whose early days of parenthood are different than envisioned -- with babies born early, babies born sick, babies lost. These are often invisible stories, but they are also stories of hope and of transformational love.
In this concert, we give the West Coast premiere of Stephen Caldwell’s Pre-existing Condition, composed to honor his own son’s birth with a congenital heart defect. Caldwell sets original texts about his experience, as well as tender poetry by ee cummings.
We also release our CD, LISTEN, including the world premiere recordings of Melissa Dunphy’s LISTEN, setting the courageous Senate testimony of Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford, and of Renee Favand-See’s deeply personal Only in Falling, setting poems of Wendell Berry in memory of her beloved infant son Owen.