august, 2021

This is a repeating event

01aug3:00 pmBig Mouth Society presentsPrecious Fruits: A Picnic ConcertLive or Recorded:Live Event


Event Details

We open our 2021-2022 season with a timely musical celebration of Dante Alighieri’s literary legacy. Join Big Mouth Society to celebrate summer and honor the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death with music based on his poetry and written over a 500-year period. Like us, Dante lived through plague, social protest and regime change. We’re excited to share his work in an array of virtuosic vocal and instrumental music by historical and contemporary masters, as we gather together once again.

We will hold four performances, each in a different outdoor corner of Portland. All appropriate pandemic precautions will be observed. Seating is limited to 30 persons per show for an up-close-and-personal experience; tickets will be sold online in advance of each performance. Big Mouth works to ensure open access to the arts and equitable treatment of artists. Ticket pricing is pay-as-you-can, and we kindly suggest that audience members contribute the equivalent of their hourly wage per ticket purchase.

Each show will take place at a private residence in Portland. Attendees will receive address information following ticket purchase.

Southwest Portland | Sunday, August 1, 2021, 3pm
North Portland | Sunday, August 1, 2021, 7pm
Northeast Portland | Sunday, August 8, 2021, 3pm
Southeast Portland | Sunday, August 8, 2021, 7pm

The show’s eight performers are emerging and established local professional musicians. Several are graduates of Big Mouth’s Education program, which provides apprenticeship opportunities to promising musicians. In this production, they will perform side-by-side with their mentors. In Spring 2022, this production will be augmented and expanded into a Big Mouth Society Mainstage event and feature four new commissions, written by Oregon-based composers and inspired by Dante’s poetry.

Learn more about Big Mouth’s Composers Competition ( Introductions are due via email by midnight on July 15, 2021.


(Sunday) 3:00 pm

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