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To The Earth: A Day In The Life Of The Earth
- WHEN Multiple dates from Jun 16 - Jun 25, 2021[days & times]
Virtual / San Diego Symphony
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- AGES Not available
- COST Free
THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST!
Steven Schick has paired up with the San Diego Symphony to curate "To The Earth," a festival featuring three performances, inspired by nature. Over the course of a week, virtual performances will bring to mind how the planet engages with morning, noon and evening. The first performance is Friday at 7 p.m. "Morning: Birds and Light" centers on (obviously) birds and light in compositions old and new, as well as the poetry of Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate, and John Haines.
The symphony will mark the dawn with Haydn's Symphony No. 6, then perform French composer Olivier Messiaen's enchanting 1952 composition "Le Merle Noir" — the blackbird. They'll also feature Missy Mazzoli's "The Sound of Light" and John Luther Adam's "songbirdsongs," which are short, percussive pieces based on the composer's study of birdsong.
The ever-worsening climate crisis is enough to make even the staunchest environmentalist occasionally want to cover their ears and try to tune it all out, but this set of performances is a reminder to listen.
And mark your calendars, "Noon: The Rush of Water" streams Wednesday June 23 at 7 p.m., and they'll close the festival with "Evening: The Earth Rests" (including a reading of a newly commissioned poem by Gill Sotu) on Friday, June 25, also at 7 p.m.
-- Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS
From the San Diego Symphony:
JUNE 16 — JUNE 25:
Join us for our FREE virtual festival this June with music inspired by our beautiful blue planet.
Planet Earth is a miraculous place.
San Diegans are especially blessed by the unique beauty of our region, where the ocean, desert and mountains meet, and where two countries share not just a border but also a delicate ecosystem. Our planet offers abundance and sustenance for all human life, but its fragile balance is increasingly threatened.
From June 16 – June 25, join Music Director Rafael Payare and Festival Curator Steven Schick in San Diego Symphony’s week-long festival that celebrates the life-giving magic and wonder of our planet Earth in music, poetry and conversation. Consisting of 3 performances that explore light, water and life, To The Earth showcases the influence of our planet in artistic expression and our shared responsibility to protect and preserve our habitat. Free and open to the public, To The Earth programs will be live-streamed on the San Diego Symphony’s Facebook and YouTube.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 6PM PDST
OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION
Steven Schick, "To the Earth" festival curator
Margaret Renkl, author and columnist
Gabriela Ortiz, composer
Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO, moderator
FRIDAY, JUNE 18 | 7:00PM PDST
MORNING: BIRDS AND LIGHT
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in a program that explores birds and light in music and written poetry by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and John Haines. Bird-like flutes from Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 capture the sounds of dawn on a spring day. In Messiaen’s Le merle noir, the short motivic bursts of activity in the cadenzas and the wild grace notes imitate the call and fluttering of the blackbird. The sunshine dances in Missy Mazzoli’s The Sound of Light and John Luther Adams’s songbirdsongs, based on Adams’s studies of actual bird songs, ends the program.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 | 7:00PM PDST
NOON: THE RUSH OF WATER
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in a program capturing the essence of life and flexibility of water. The quiet, resilient power of light is captured in poetry by Emily Dickinson and Monica Sanchez Escuer, and Debussy’s Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" conjures the seductive warmth of the sun. Gabriela Ortiz’s shimmering textures shine in Stained Glasses of Amber, a work that follows the journey of a monarch butterfly, migrating from the composer’s native Mexico to Canada. Excerpts from Tan Dun’s shimmering work for percussion ensemble, Water Music, explore the sounds that surround us, if we choose to listen closely. Haydn’s Symphony No. 7, nicknamed “Le Midi” denotes noon, and our concert ends on a clear sunny day.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25 | 7:00PM PDST
EVENING: THE EARTH RESTS
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in the final segment of the San Diego Symphony’s To the Earth festival. At the end of every day, the earth rests and so do we. We begin the program with words of wisdom by Wendell Berry and later hear San Diego's own Gill Sotu, who performs a newly commissioned poem. Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel captures the moments just before the loss of a beloved friend, and we offer Lili Boulanger’s D'un soir triste (Of a Sad Evening), written shortly before her death at the age of 24. We end with Haydn’s Symphony No. 8, the finale of his programmatic symphonic triptych inspired by the times of day, with an evening thunderstorm. Festival curator and percussionist Steven Schick performs on tuned flowerpots and recites an ancient Greek text in a final ode To the Earth.
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