Requiem for fossil fuels

Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger

Saturday, September 18th, 9:00pm, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, $10.

With: Hai-Ting Chin (Mezzosoprano), Martha Cluver (Soprano), Geoffrey Silver (Tenor), and Mark Uhlemann (Bass)

At the intersection of four virtuosic human voices and the fossil-fueled din of helicopters, jets, traffic, busses, horns, train wheels, and sirens erupts a composition that pours gasoline on Dante’s Inferno.  Requiem for fossil fuels, written and performed by O+A (Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger) with four singers and an 8-channel “Orchestra of Cities”,  is a unique setting of the Requiem Mass offered to a world struggling to reconcile its utter dependence on fossil fuels with the coming end of oil, coal, and peat.

This deep musical meditation on the balance between machines, humans and nature allows us to hear our culture in a new way, to grieve for what we have lost, and to consider with what “the eternal light ahead” will be lit.  Requiem for fossil fuels marks the end of one (way of) life to make way for the possibility of another.

This ticketed performance will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday evening, September 18th.

Requiem for fossil fuels · 408-916-1010 · 152 N. 3rd Street, Suite 201, San Jose, CA 95113
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