In a Time of Extinction, a Call to Life: Music and Spoken Word Performance in Rockford IL, Sept. 28th

In a Time of Extinction, a Call to Life”
Monday, September 28th, 2015, 7:00pm
Rockford Theater
323 Park Avenue Rockford, IL 61101
Sponsored by Severson Dells Nature Center
Call 815-­335-­2915 for reservations
Free and open to the public!

Kathleen Dean Moore

Kathleen Dean Moore

Author/Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and Concert Pianist Rachelle McCabe combine to present a very moving and powerful presentation on the theme of extinction. Their collaboration began when McCabe heard Moore speak about climate action, a speech that she heard as music. They are both convinced of the power of music, and of the need for more powerful calls to action.

“Frederick Nietzsche wrote that we have art in order not to die of the truth,” Moore says. “This performance is art that allows us to tell the terrible truths about global warming and mass extinction, in a way that enters into peoples’ hearts, rather than breaks them.”

Rachelle McCabe (photo: OSU)

Rachelle McCabe (photo: OSU)

Both the creative process and the performance are unusual, maybe unique. McCabe chose the music and performs a powerful interpretation. Moore has *written to* the music, weaving words into the silences between the variations, creating an echoing conversation, a call and response.

Supported by Forest Preserves of Winnebago, Wild Ones Rock River, University of Illinois Extension, Sally and Jim Roberts, Forest City 350 Climate Coalition, Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Kathleen Dean Moore is one of the Northwest’s best known nature writers, winner of the Oregon Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award. Her recent co-­edited book is Moral Ground: Ethical Actions for a Planet in Peril. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University, she speaks around the country  about the moral urgency of stopping a global carbon catastrophe.

Rachelle McCabe, concert pianist and Professor of Music at Oregon State University, enjoys an international career as an artist-­teacher and as a solo recitalist and highly respected chamber musician. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England, and has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, the CBC, and PBS television.

Testimonials for the Program

“A POWERFUL blend. The music and words harmonized in a symbiosis hard to imagine before hearing it tonight. The two of you become a unique performance.”

— Brooke Collison, Oregon State University

“It was truly exceptional. I had no idea what to expect. I was deeply moved by the power, eloquence, wisdom, urgency, and insight of the presentation. The synergy of the music and the reading was brilliant. Why? Because there was such integrity in the sharing of voices. The symmetry between the two of you was magnificent. The Rachmaninoff piece (and the performance) was stunning and your language (and delivery) sent me to so many different places, mainly emotional. And that’s what I needed. Not another intellectual experience, but rather a revitalization of the emotional connection to the planetary emergency.”

— Mitchell Thomashaw, former president, Unity College

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