A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction


Event Details


Co-sponsored with Mesa Refuge

Creative writer and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and concert pianist Rachelle McCabe inspire audiences to defend the wild, reeling world in a performance that weaves powerful spoken words into Rachmaninoff's “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” Kathleen and Rachelle believe that words alone cannot express the urgency of saving the planet’s great diversity of plants and animals from extinction, so they turned to music, joining forces to create a dual performance. Their synergy of words and music creates a powerful message that is both devastating and hopeful.

Kathleen and Rachelle have collaborated before, team-teaching Oregon State University courses that brought philosophy and music together to explore concepts such as love, nature, evil, and music itself. But their extinction project involved an intensity of feeling and effort neither had experienced before. The piece Rachelle chose is what she calls “a formidable piece of music to address a formidable global issue.” Written during a dark period in Rachmaninoff’s life, the deeply expressive music gives voice to all the grief and yearning in the human heart. Meanwhile Kathleen's words weave over and between the variations—trying to open people’s hearts without breaking them. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Kathleen is also offering a morning workshop on Saturday, November 10: Keep On, Strong Heart.

Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations made 7 days or less before the event date. Prior to 7 days before an event, there is a $15 processing fee per ticket for cancellations.

Kathleen Dean Moore

Kathleen Dean Moore is a career philosopher, nature writer, and veteran climate advocate best known for her ability to weave ideas and emotions in her lectures and books. She is the author or co-editor of a dozen books, including Riverwalking, Great Tide Rising, and a novel, Piano Tide. Kathleen was a co-chair (with Robin Wall Kimmerer) of our 2015 Geography of Hope: Women & the Land conference.

Rachelle McCabe

Rachelle McCabe is a concert pianist and Professor of Music at Oregon State University. She 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.

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