Missa Gaia


The World House Choir (100 singers from throughout the Miami Valley region: Dayton, Cincinnati, Middletown, Urbana, Xenia, Springfield and Yellow Springs) will be joined by a small group of dancers and 9 instrumentalists in a production of MISSA GAIA: Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth, as conceived and performed by the Paul Winter Consort.

Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12 at 7:00pm in the Antioch College Amphitheatre in Yellow Springs (in case of rain, at the AC Foundry Theatre, 902 Corry St., Yellow Springs), and Sunday September 13 at 3pm in Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton (Salem Ave. and Harvard).

Paul Winter's MISSA GAIA is a contemporary work that uses a traditional religious form, the Mass, to move listeners to reflect on the interconnectedness and sanctity of all life on earth. It weaves the recorded calls of wolf, whale, and harp seal together with choral voices and a small ensemble of instrumentalists. Textured throughout this lyrical environmental liturgy are rhythms from Africa, Brazil and the American gospel tradition. Dancers will accompany several of the movements. The performance is billed as a “Call to Action on Climate Change and Climate Justice.”

A community-wide Environmental Justice Fair will accompany each MISSA GAIA concert. It will draw together and encourage community participation and support for area groups working on climate change and climate justice. Before each performance, organizations will set up information tables and food trucks will be on site to sustain attendees

Dr. Catherine Roma, founder and artistic director of the World House Choir, Tucki Bailey, multi-instrumentalist and performer, Michael Casselli, multi-media artist and sound engineer and choreographer Melissa Heston will join forces with the World House Choir, dancers and instrumentalists to bring this production to life.

The concert is free (donations accepted), childcare is provided free of charge, venues are ADA accessible and the event will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Grant support for this production was provided by the Ohio Arts Council, the Puffin-West Foundation, the Dayton Foundation and Xylem.