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The Forum with Holcombe Waller: A Queer Divine Rite

Sunday, November 11 @ 9:30 am

The composer on the creation of his Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite, which performs at the cathedral November 16 and 17.
About the conversation

On November 16 and 17, Grace Cathedral, in partnership with Yerba Buena Arts Center, presents Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite. In this conversation with Malcolm Clemens Young, the composer, one of America’s most unique voices in music theater, discusses the creation of this intimate and deeply moving community-based work honoring those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

Tickets to the Requiem Mass on November 16 and 17 are available hereThe Forum with Holcombe Waller is free and open to all.



About the guest

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 which noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theater.” He is a Creative Capital artist, a three-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 been presented and commissioned by 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, and his film score work includes music for the Sundance-premiered documentary, We Were Here. He has also appeared as an actor in multiple films by artist Ryan Trecartin. He has toured three interdisciplinary music theater works, Wayfinders, Surfacing and Détournement, and his community-choir-based Requiem Mass has been performed in Portland, Sydney and premieres in San Francisco in November at Grace Cathedral. In addition to his interdisciplinary work, he has self-released five albums on his own label, Napoleon Records.

Holcombe Waller’s Website

Hardliners (music video with amazing opening single-shot) 

Holcombe Waller Presents “LGBT Requiem Mass” at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat

Dies Irae: What’s Next from Requiem Mass

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.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics 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.


Sunday, November 11
9:30 am
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