Electric Earth’s ‘A Forest Unfolding’

  • Electric Earth artistic directors Jonathan Bagg and Laura Gilbert. COURTESY PHOTO

Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:33AM

Electric Earth Concerts is thrilled to present “A Forest Unfolding” on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 25 Main St. in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Please join us as National Book Award novelist Richard Powers, author of the recent best-seller The Overstory, presides over an exciting collaboration among four composers, four writers, and an ensemble of stellar musicians.

This EEC commission is inspired by recent scientific research into the rich communication and subterranean connectivity among trees. Environmentalists Bill McKibben and Joan Maloof, and novelists Richard Powers and Kim Stanley Robinson selected prose and poetry on the relationships between people and trees. Four acclaimed composers–Eric Moe, Melinda Wagner, Stephen Jaffe, and David Kirkland Garner–set these words into a linked sequence of recitatives and arias. The result is a work in the cantata tradition about the need for human reintegration with the rest of the deeply collaborative living world. A Forest Unfolding traces a bold narrative arc from human estrangement from nature to a glimpse of the endless cooperation that knits an old-growth forest into a community.

Electric Earth Concerts’ uniquely concieved event features Tony Arnold, soprano, Alex Hurd, baritone, pianist Molly Morkoski, harpist Stacey Shames, clarinetist Todd Palmer, cellist Robert Burkhart, violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, flutist Laura Gilbert, and violist Jonathan Bagg.

The program also includes two celebrated chamber works–the first, ethereal: the second, impassioned.

And Then I Knew Twas Wind, by Toru Takemitsu

Piano Quartet in A minor, by Gustave Mahler

This concert is generously sponsored by Monadnock Paper Mills.

Tickets are $25, and are available online at http://electricearthconcerts.org or at the door. Middle school and high school students are welcome to attend for free.

For further information, email eeconcerts@gmail.com or call 499-6216.