Photo from The Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve.
By presenting 23 artists and composers and 2 resident classical chamber ensembles – Atlanta’s “Chamber Cartel” and Boston’s “Clarinets for Conservation” – in five Atlanta nature preserves and centers, the Wilderness Act Performance Series celebrates The Wilderness Act of 1964 and builds public appreciation for natural and cultural preservation. The Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, served to legally define “wilderness” and protect over 9 million acres of federal land. Today, over 109 million acres of federally owned land and forests are protected as a result of the Act.
As part of the project, the 23 artists studied with naturalists, arborists, wildlife experts and historians to develop an environmentally creative connection. Stephen Wood, composer and naturalist, coordinated the Series and will be on hand with different ensembles of musicians, visual artists, poets and photographers at each of the remaining performances:
Sun. Sept. 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Activity Center (Free)
Composer Nicole Chamberlain, Composer Thomas Avery, Poet Marti Keller, Visual Artist Kris Pilcher, Photographer/Graphic Map Artist Millie Taylor, and Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel
Sun. Oct. 5, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Davidson-Arabia Mtn. Preserve (Free)
Composer Myles Brown, Composer Connor Way, Poet Abi Konnig, Visual Artist Janna Dudley, Photographer Simon Salt and Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel
Sun. Oct. 12, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Chattahoochee Nature Center ($10)
Sarah Hersh – Composer Sarah Hersh, Composer Nathan Bales, Composer Stephen Wood, Photographer Eric Bowles, Poet Peter Peteet and Boston’s Clarinets for Conservation
Clarinets for Conservation promotes awareness of conserving Mpingo – commonly referred to as African Blackwood or Grenadilla–by actively engaging students and the community with the power of music. Teaching secondary students in Tanzania to play the clarinet empowers them by improving problem-solving skills, facilitating self-sufficiency, and byproviding a healthy creative outlet.