Off the Hook Arts presents
SummerFest 2018: Mission Earth
June 24-July 20, 2018
A dynamic and thought-provoking look into climate change and its impact on Earth through art, music, science, and lectures.
The centerpiece of SummerFest 2018 is Ouroboros, a multimedia project that features video, animation, music, and soundsfrom space and planet Earth created by OtHA SummerFest 2018 Artist-in-Residence Kate Doyle with composer Bruce Adolphe and special effects by Eric Robertson.
Bruce Adolphe’s I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the world is, based on words spoken by the late astronaut and scientist Dr. Piers Sellers also receives world premiere performance during the festival.
SummerFest 2018 Mission Earth is dedicated to the life and work of the late
Dr. Piers Sellers, Astronaut and Scientist
Off the Hook Arts (OtHA), in its seventh season, has announced its programming line up for its SummerFest 2018, taking place in Fort Collins, CO from June 24 – July 20. Entitled, Mission Earth, this year’s Festival takes a deep and thoughtful look at climate change and its impact on the planet by bringing together music, visual arts, and science for four weeks of concerts, lectures, films, art exhibitions and STEAM-based educational events for all ages.With more than 25 events across four weeks, Off the Hook Arts SummerFest 2018 will host a wide variety of performances, lectures and classes.
Every season OtHA presents music and visual arts in combination with issues of sciences or social conscience. These collaborations result in unique and diverse events. SummerFest 2018’s theme, climate change and its impact on the planet, will be highlighted through several key presentations:
- The seven-part Dynamics series that uniquely blends performances of works by such diverse composers as Bach, Davidovsky, and Piazzolla with discussions on the impact of climate change and biodiversity, sustainable energy solutions and imagining a green future.
- 15 performances by some of today’s leading artists, including cellists Sophie Shao, Colin Carr, Mike Block and Nicholas Canellakis; tabla player Sandeep Das; clarinetist Deborah Marshall; vocalist Cordelia Tapping; pianist Michael Brown; and ensembles including the Miami String Quartet, the Apollo Trio, and Triptych Jazz.
- The world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the world is. Scored for mezzo-soprano and cello the work is based on the text by Festival dedicatee, the late astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers OBE, as he looked at the earth from space. Mezzo soprano Kady Evanyshyn and cellist Sophie Shao are the soloists.
- A wide range of repertoire, including jazz and original works, presented as part of the
Festival’s seven-part Concert series, include John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, Michael
Brown’s Chords for Bernstein, Lukas Foss’s Capriccio, Matt Ulery’s Become Giant,
Pēteris Vask’s String Quartet No. 3, Bruch’s String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, and
Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 (“Quinten”).
- Discussions on topics ranging from Environmental Music to the building of the
International Space Station to the melting of the polar ice caps to a celebration of
Fort Collins’ newest climate change recognition, the International Bloomberg Award
for Cities4Action category. These are part of the Festival’s 10-part Viewpoints series.
- A remarkable line up of guest speakers including: Joseph Berry, Stanford’s Carnegie
Institute; Juergen Drescher, Washington DC Office Director for the German Aerospace
Center; Bob Henson, meteorologist, The Weather Underground; Inez Fung, Professor of
Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Berkeley; and CSU professors from
economics, music, art, film, English and political science, to environmental studies.
Members of Dr. Piers Sellers’ climate science team from the Goddard Space Center
including David Randall of Colorado State University and Compton Tucker of NASA
discuss a wide range of topics associated with the devastating impact of climate
change on the planet and positive things to be done as we move forward.
- Several art exhibits inspired by the Festival’s theme of climate change and the diverse
offerings of repertoire.
- Off the Hook Academy: Education Music and Arts workshops and STEAM events for
students K-12 led by CSU physics professor Brian Jones’s Little Shop of Physics.