Zohn Collective 




Sunday, October 20
Assembly Hall, International House
University of Chicago

PORTALS is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music, International House Global Voices Program, the Music Department at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, and Oberlin College.

Synopsis, Program & Biography


“Portals” will bring together two contemporary musical works based on literary texts, and dramatized through puppetry. These works are the scenic cantata Comala, by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Nocturnes, a new work composed especially for this project by Daniel Pesca. Their pairing invites distinct but complementary reflections on fundamental themes of love, loss, and identity. The two works will be performed by Zohn Collective and staged by celebrated puppet company La Coperacha.



Daniel Pesca: Nocturnes (world premiere; poetry by Irving Feldman) 
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: Comala (based on the novel Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo) 

Zohn Collective
Tony Arnold, soprano
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Tim Weiss, conductor

Theatrical puppets by La Coperacha (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Staging by Antonio Camacho

*Participation of La Coperacha in PORTALS is possible thanks to a grant from the program “México en Escena” of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico)


Zohn Collective is a flexible chamber ensemble that is dedicated to the performance of contemporary art music. The ensemble core is comprised of nine members, which includes performers, composers, and a conductor. As the name suggests, Zohn Collective is an artist-driven organization that strives to produce projects that are generated by its members. Although it is a recently founded ensemble, all of the members of Zohn Collective have deep musical ties to one another from past artistic collaborations. Zohn Collective has already released its first CD under the Oberlin Music label, and performed internationally, including a recent collaboration with the internationally recognized puppet company La Coperacha, at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara.