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“A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction”: Unique Pianist/Philosopher NAU Earth Day Performance Calls for Action on Extinction

Words alone cannot express the urgency of saving the planet’s great diversity of plants and animals from extinction, philosopher/writer Kathleen Dean Moore and concert pianist Rachel McCabe believe. So they have turned to music, joining forces to create a dual performance, “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction.”

For the project, Moore weaves a call to safeguard Earth’s abundance into McCabe’s performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” The synergy of words and music creates what an audience member called “as powerful a message as one could imagine.”  “It is at once devastating and inspiring, despairing and hopeful,” wrote ocean conservationist Mark Hixon, who heard the performance in Hawaii.

The performance takes place Monday April 24 from 7:00-8:00pm at Ardrey Auditorium on NAU’s campus. Free tickets are available at the NAU Box Office and at the door. Complimentary parking in lot P13 behind Cline library. For permits go to: nau.edu/parking-shuttle-services/ manage-my-parking/.

Rachel McCabe, left, and Kathleen Dean Moore. Photo by Zachary Person.

Rachel McCabe, left, and Kathleen Dean Moore. Photo by Zachary Person.

The unusual creative collaboration began when Moore spoke in despair from the podium at Oregon State University several years ago. “If these rates of extinction continue,” she said, “I will die in a world that is half as abundantly beautiful as the one I was born into.  My children will tear out half the pages in their field guides and throw them away. They won’t need them ever again.”

Listening from the audience, concert pianist Rachelle McCabe nodded in agreement. “Words can’t do it,” she thought.  “But music has that power. And words and music together?”  As Moore left the stage, McCabe stopped her in the aisle and suggested a collaboration.

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