The Pandemic is a Portal
by Density512

Oct. 10, 2021

“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality”
~Arundhati Roy

The Pandemic is a Portal is a hybrid event featuring live music and videos created for online streaming. 

The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on working class people cannot be overstated. From financial fallout, to loneliness, to the world shutting down our plans, no one has not been affected somehow by this trauma. As we look forward longing for normality, Matthew Lyons’s new work The Portal wonders if “nothing could be worse than a return to normality."

Through works by local composers Matthew Lyons, James Tabata, and Nicholas Perry Clark; works by acclaimed composers Fanny Hensel and George Lewis; and words by Arundhati Roy, Matthew Lyons, and Gwendolyn Brooks, this concert bridges us into our return and reconciles with the past, present, and future of the pandemic.

Matthew Lyons: The Portal
Nicholas Perry Clark: Ethically Egregious
Fanny Hensel/Nicholas Perry Clark: excerpts from Oratorium: Musik für 
die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie 1831 (Music for the Dead during the Cholera Pandemic 1831)
James Tabata: Agnus
George Lewis: Anthem


The Pandemic is a Portal
by various, Density512

October 10, 2021
Draylen Mason Music Studio
41 Navasota St.
Austin, TX, 78702

Sunday, October 10, 2021 4 pm
Draylen Mason Music Studio, 41 Navasota St. Austin, TX 78702
Tickets $10 and up

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The Pandemic is a Portal is a hybrid event featuring live music and videos created for online streaming. In-person seating (in pods) is limited; we highly encourage you to reserve tickets in advance. Masks will be required for all audience members. Unvaccinated and at-risk individuals are encouraged to attend through the virtual livestream.

Audience members will be seated in pods; if you would like to sit with a friend or loved one, please reserve tickets together.

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Density512 will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Austin, TX. If necessary to the health of our community, this performance will be postponed.