Premier of the Wilderness Act Performance Series

September 14th (2014)

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    The Wilderness Act Performance Series is a musical and artistic celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964.  Through the commissioning of new music and art, this performance series builds public appreciation of the Wilderness Act’s impact on natural and cultural preservation.  Forming a collaboration between composers, artists and public green spaces, we will ask the questions: “How do we appreciate and connect to Earth in our current urban technological society?” and “How has the perception of wilderness changed with the growing disconnection from nature?”

    Donate to the Wilderness Act Performance Series

    Celebrating the phenomenal Wilderness Act legislation, the Performance Series’ foremost objective is to invigorate a wilderness perception relating to accessible community based nature areas.  Following an outline of performance, hands-on experimental education, and service the Wilderness Act Performance Series will actively engage a public awareness of the Wilderness Act’s environmental importance through an appreciation of our regional nature preserves.

    Meet the artists/ poets/ composers:  Gabriel Monticello, composer, A'nji Sarumi, poet/performer, Julie Henry, visual artist, Jana Dudley, visual artist.

    The featured parks will be partnered with musicians and artists in order to develop an environmentally creative connection. These Artist-Wilderness Collaborations will culminate with the Wilderness Act Performance Series. The Performance Series will be a succession of afternoon performances at each of the hosting venues.

    Reception to follow.

    Brent Martin, Regional Director of the Wildlife Society will speak and read from his poetry.  He is a lifetime conservationist and lives in the historic Cowee community of western North Carolina. During his career in conservation he has worked for the Armuchee Alliance, Georgia Forestwatch, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society.  He has published four chapbook collections of poetry and his environmental essays have appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Eno Journal, New Southerner, Kudzu Review, Smoky Mountain News and elsewhere.

    Stephen Wood

    Stephen Wood is a composer, performer, and educator based in Atlanta, Ga.  With feet in many musical worlds, Stephen’s main compositional vehicles are modern jazz and classical chamber experiments.  Wood’s compositional style openly connects his cross-cultural musical studies into a deep, thoughtful, more traditional art form.  Recent studies and meditations have focused on the relationship of living energy and music – specifically in relation to the sentience of plants.