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“Time Stands Still” with Mercury Soul I Video Premiere + Live Q&A

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Mercury Soul

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“Time Stands Still” analyzes the perception of time through a vivid exploration highlighting the Legion of Honor’s timeless beauty. Featuring a vibrant electronica remix of John Dowland’s 17th-century classic, this video spotlights many pieces from our permanent collection that were not on view for many months during the pandemic. These galleries come to life through a wide variety of artistic imagery resulting in a soulful reflection and poetic tribute to the museum and its timeless collection. 

Mercury Soul at the de Young and Legion of Honor brings to life each museum’s permanent collection and architecture with classical music, DJing, dance, and imaginative cinematography. Music from the Baroque to today’s electronica is paired alongside imagery from the Fine Arts Museums’ permanent collection and distinctive architecture. 

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This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

About the Artists

Cortez Mitchell, countertenor, is a native of Detroit, MI. He graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A. in music and a B.S. in mathematics and holds an M.M. in voice from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. As Minnesota Opera's first resident artist countertenor he performed the role of Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and covered Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les Contes de Hoffman. With Urban Opera he performed the role of 1st Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas. He has been featured in solo performances of J.S Bach's Cantata#147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben with the Dayton Philharmonic, R. Nathaniels Dett's The Ordering of Moses and Adolphus Hailstork's Done Made My Vow with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov's Vespers in St. Petersburg Russia, and Wynton Marsallis's All Rise with the Lincoln Center Jazz Ensemble. Cortez has received awards from the National Opera Association, The Washington International competition and the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. Mr. Mitchell is in his fourteenth season with Chanticleer.

Dores André, San Francisco Ballet Principal dancer, joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2004. She became a soloist in 2012 and a principal dancer in 2015. Roles she performed include the title role in Cinderella, Myrtha in Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Olga in Onegin. She had also originated roles, such as Christopher Wheeldon's Bound To and Justin Peck's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. In 2018, she returned and performed in a gala in Zaragoza, where she had her training. As a designer, André had designed costumes for Estonian National Ballet and Ballet Idaho. She also worked on costumes for Royal New Zealand Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty.

Kashi Elliott is a New England-born violinist has performed in a wide range of venues, from San Francisco’s outdoor music festival Outside Lands to Austria’s Schloss Esterházy.  She has also appeared as a soloist with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and has been recorded and interviewed by Pittsburgh's premier classical music station, WQED. Kashi has an active freelance career working in the Bay Area, leading and performing with conductorless orchestra One Found Sound, serving as a studio musician at various recording studios around the Bay Area, and playing smaller chamber music house concerts. She is passionate about sharing classical music with audiences in a more intimate setting where the music is discussed and explored together. Kashi completed her graduate degree in Violin Performance with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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