https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/plastic-lives-new-music-for-the-environment Studio 106
132 Ipswich Street (Richard Ortner Studio Building)
Boston, MA 02115
Rising tides of plastic, disappearing islands, and waves of species extinction have inspired the music of Plastic Lives: New Music for the Environment. Sung by soprano Lori McCann, professor of voice at the Cali School of Music at Montclair University, the music will be backed by a wide variety of percussion instruments, piano, and imagery.
The program includes three new works: “Life Cycles” by David B. Smith, “Island Elegy and Aubade” by Thomas Parente, and “Plastic Lives” by Arnold Friedman.
Award-winning composer and sound designer David B. Smith’s “Life Cycles” transforms Franz Schubert’s faustian “Gretchen am Spinnrade” to address our living generations’ responsibilities to the future of our planet. Smith is a professor of sound and music technology and former dean at NYC College of Technology, City University of New York.
Thomas J. Parente is professor emeritus of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and composer-in-residence for the Unitarian Congregation of Montclair. The protagonist in his song cycle “Island Elegy and Aubade” experiences the beauty and disappearance of her home island home to rising sea levels, and her painful evacuation from it.
Composer and cellist Arnold Friedman’s “Plastic Lives” considers the miracle and catastrophe that is plastic. Friedman is a professor and former chair of composition at Berklee College of Music.