The Story Behind Terra Nostra
When Jeff and Susan Lubetkin commissioned a new work for the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, they specified it be about climate change. It was a perfect fit for Music Director/composer Christophe Chagnard, whose passion for the environment equals his passion for music. The result, Terra Nostra, is an evocative musical timeline with an accompanying poem by 18-year old Emily Siff. It premiered on June 20th at Meany Hall at the University of Washington. In a radio interview Christophe talks about the development of the ideas for the work.
Susan is a cellist in the orchestra, the South Lake Union Orchestra LUCO, that played the premier. She is herself a scientist and statistician with deep knowledge of oceanography. She and her scientific colleagues were frustrated at seeing the effects of climate change develop while the general population was, at the same time, having a hard time grasping the depth and breadth of the implications. She thought another avenue of communication to the broader public might be through music. In an interview on King FM Susan talks about what inspired her to commission the piece.
The work with accompanying images will be played on September 30th at the Impact Hub Seattle with more than 100 people registered. Christophe and Susan will speak to the audience about their hopes for the piece and their goal to bring it to audiences and schools across the country. Registration is free, but required.