Rachelle McCabe and Kathleen Moore

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With Music, Creative Writing, and Science, A CALL TO LIFE affirms the wonder and worth of the Earth's wild lives and our responsibility to save them from extinction.



This free event in three parts, includes:

I. Variations on a Theme of Extinction (Austin Auditorium)

Classical pianist Rachelle McCabe and writer Kathleen Dean Moore. This music and spoken word program originally premiered at The LaSells Stewart Center in January, 2015 and has since been performed in Portland, Eugene, Seattle; Auburn, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Rockford, Illinois. In early September it was also presented at the World Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was included on an agenda of presentations by world conservation leaders including scientists and representatives of international conservation organizations, faith-based organizations, governments from around the world, and world conventions including UNESCO, UNEP and the United Nations. The same month also appeared in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Performances have been received with standing ovations, tears, follow-up notes of thanks and praise, and most importantly, ACTION.

Now in a special SAC Presents/SPARK event, Kathleen Dean Moore and Rachelle McCabe bring their powerful weaving of music (Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli) and words back to Oregon State University as part of this special SAC Presents event. (For more on Variations on a Theme of Extinction, see "What Do We Love Too Much to Lose? Terra, March 2017.)

II. So Much Worth Saving (Austin Auditorium)

Philosopher Michael Paul Nelson facilitates a brief talk with scientists Kim Bernard, Matthew Betts, Selina Heppell, Mark Hison and Bill Ripple.

III. Continuing Conversations (Giustina Gallery)

Conservation groups, artists, scientists, community groups, the audience and the presenters gather in the beautiful gallery of The LaSells Stewart Center to continue the conversation. This is an opportunity for networking, information gathering,  discussion and perhaps creating plans for action. Artwork, organization and research displays, tables for informal conversations, refreshments will be available in the gallery outside of Austin Auditorium.


Reviews of Variations on a Theme of Extinction:

"Deeply moving, fact-filled, and as strong a message as one could possibly imagine." -Shirley Byrne, pianist and John Byrne, former President Oregon State University

"Truly exceptional - the power, eloquence, wisdom, urgency, and insight of the presentation ... an emotional connection to the planetary emergency." -Mitch Thomashaw, Former President, Unity College

"An amazing experience that was deeply moving, profoundly disturbing, but never dispiriting." -Bonnie Esbensen, pianist






Event Date: 
Apr 7 2017 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
The LaSells Stewart Center
Event Cost: 
Free; Confirm your space with a free ticket at the link below!
SAC Presents is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU.