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The Forum with KT Nelson and Sidney Chen: Path of Miracles

February 04, 2018

9:30 am

Groundbreaking ODC/Dance Company’s co-Artistic Director on the premiere of her new work at Grace Cathedral, inspired by her walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and set to music by Joby Talbot, sung by the innovative vocal ensemble Volti. Sidney Chen, long-time member of Volti joins the conversation with dean Malcolm Young.


About Path of Miracles

A site-specific world premiere created in collaboration with San Francisco’s outstanding 17-member vocal ensemble, Volti, singing a transcendent score by Joby Talbot. For more information: Path of Miracles

About the guests

KT Nelson joined ODC/Dance in 1976 and is co-director with Brenda Way. She choreographed and directed the company’s first full-length family ballet in 1986, The Velveteen Rabbit, which has since been performed annually in the Bay Area. Nelson has been awarded the Isadora Duncan Dance Award four times. Her collaborators have included Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Hoyle, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Max Chen, Zap Mama and Joan Jeanrenaud. In addition to her work as a choreographer, Nelson served on the Zellerbach Community Arts Panel from 2005 to 2011, ran the summer dance department for Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University 2003-2006 and founded the ODC Dance Jam in 1997.



Sidney Chen tours internationally with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, most recently appearing in composer/choreographer Monk’s music-theater work On Behalf of Nature, which has been recorded for ECM Records. With the San Francisco Symphony he premiered Monk’s chamber work Realm Variations at Carnegie Hall; in 2013 he traveled to Denmark with San Francisco Lyric Opera’s production of David Lang’s the little match girl passion. In 2009 he sang in Carnegie Hall’s 45th-anniversary celebration of Terry Riley’s In C. This season’s highlights include the premiere of Ryan Brown’s “medical oratorio” Mortal Lessons. He is the co-founder of The M6, a New York-based vocal sextet. He has performed with the vocal ensemble Volti since 2000, and serves as the group’s artistic advisor.


About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with The Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

This event is part of Spacious Grace, the cathedral’s annual free-form arts festival when we remove the pews and fill the space with exciting events. Now in its fourth year, Spacious Grace runs from January 29 to February 11. Explore the full lineup.


Gresham Hall


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