Holcombe Waller

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Nov 16 2018 — Nov 17 2018
Fri, Nov 16
Sat, Nov 17
In partnership with San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral and in conjunction with YBCA’s upcoming Fall 2018, REQUIEM MASS: A QUEER DIVINE RITE by composer Holcombe Waller remembers those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

Holcombe Waller is one of America’s most unique voices in music theater and a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, with an approach to music “as total theater.” After traveling to multiple cities worldwide, from Waller’s hometown of Portland, Oregon all the way to Sydney, Australia, Requiem Mass will have its San Francisco premiere as an evening length musical ceremony at the iconic Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill on November 16-17, 2018. The piece is an emotional and personal work that is informed by research into the pivotal gay history from the 1980s through present day. It is driven by community engagement and local community input from experts in liturgical music, queer theory, and faith-based equality initiatives. Through a series of workshops from June through September, Waller has also been working with an all-abilities volunteer community choir to produce the performance.

Come together as a community for this intimate and deeply moving piece.

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Regular Admission: $12-$32

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Chorale Workshop Series

Artist Bios

Holcombe Waller is one of America’s most unique voices in music theater. He is a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, an award that noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theater.” He is a Creative Capital artist, a four-time recipient of the MAP Fund grant, and a Joan Shipley Fellow of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Waller has authored and produced scores of evening length theater-based interdisciplinary music performances, and he has been presented and commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Under the Radar Festival at the New York Public Theater, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fusebox Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and many others. Waller’s collaboration with choreography includes work with Joe Goode Performance Group (SF), Zoe|Juniper (Seattle), and Miguel Gutierrez (New York), and his film score work includes music for the Sundance-premiered documentary, We Were Here, and the two-part short film series, Dare. He has also appeared as an actor in multiple films by artist Ryan Trecartin. He recently completed a Northwest regional tour of “Notes from the Riverkeepers,” an elaborate sung history of the high-risk transportation of fracked crude oil by cargo trains through the Columbia River Gorge. In addition to his interdisciplinary work, he has self-released five albums on his own label, Napoleon Records.

Erik Flatmo is a West Coast-based scenic designer who works in theater, opera, and dance. His designs have been seen on the stages of the American Conservatory Theater, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the South Coast Repertory, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, and the San Francisco Opera, among others. His professional focus is on original plays and dance pieces, and he has designed premiere productions of plays by emerging playwrights Julia Jordan, Brooke Berman, Gary Sunshine, Zakiyyah Alexander, and Anne Washburn. Locally, he has collaborated extensively with the director/playwright John Fisher, currently artistic director of San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros. Upcoming work includes projects at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, San Francisco Opera Center and Joe Goode Dance Company. Flatmo received a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University and an M.F.A in Design from the Yale School of Drama. He was born and raised in Palo Alto.


Photo: Brittney Valdez.

Presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration with The Ghiberti Foundation at Grace Cathedral.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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