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SAC Presents: A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction


Friday, April 7, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The truths of our time are deeply challenging. In the face of climate change, we are also facing a rush of extinctions of many of the Earth's species. Words alone cannot express the urgency for human response. And so we turn to music.

A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction originally premiered at The LaSells Stewart Center in January, 2015 and has since been performed in Portland, Eugene, Seattle; Auburn, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Rockford, Illinois.

In early September it will be presented at the World Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it will be included on an agenda of presentations by world conservation leaders including scientists and representatives of international conservation organizations, faith-based organizations, governments from around the world, and world conventions including UNESCO, UNEP and the United Nations. The same month it will also appear in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Performances have been received with standing ovations, tears, follow-up notes of thanks and praise, and most importantly, action.

Now in a special SAC Presents/SPARK event, Kathleen Dean Moore and Rachelle McCabe bring their powerful weaving of music (Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli) and words back to Oregon State University, followed by a panel of expert scientists speaking to the moral, ecological, scientific, artistic and so many other reasons it is urgent that we act now on behalf of the world's amazing creatures.

"Deeply moving, fact-filled, and as strong a message as one could possibly imagine." -Shirley Byrne, pianist and John Byrne, former President Oregon State University

"Truly exceptional - the power, eloquence, wisdom, urgency, and insight of the presentation ... an emotional connection to the planetary emergency." -Mitch Thomashaw, Former President, Unity College

"An amazing experience that was deeply moving, profoundly disturbing, but never dispiriting." -Bonnie Esbensen, pianist

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