Venue: Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research
Start Time: 7:00pm

A collaboration by the Fred Fox School of Music, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and the School of Art.

This performance features the world-premiere of Pine Chant, a mesmerizing new composition by Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth. Inspired by tree-ring growth data from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the piece is a sonic embodiment of 12 Arizona trees and an emotional response to the climate crisis. 

The collaboration was designed by oboist Sara Fraker, whose research explores intersections of ecology and music. She will be joined in the LTRR’s exquisite gallery space by fellow wind faculty Jackie Glazier (clarinet) and Marissa Olegario (bassoon) from the Fred Fox School of Music, with light design and art direction by Kelly Leslie (School of Art) and spoken word by biologist Margaret Evans (LTRR). 

Additional musical works by Veronika Krausas, Alexandre Tansman, Jenni Brandon, Paquito d’Rivera and Heitor Villa-Lobos. An exhibit of digital illustrations depicting the 12 trees in our study, created by students from the School of Art, will provide a visual backdrop for the performance. 

This project is made possible by a University of Arizona Research, Innovation and Impact production seed grant and the College of Fine Arts Fund for Excellence.

Admission is free, but reservations will be required, due to limited seating.

Sara Fraker

Dr. Sara Fraker, associate professor of oboe at the Fred Fox School of Music, was one of the four recipients of the new Office for Research Innovation and Impact (RII) production seed grants, which funded a collaborative project involving oboes, woodwinds, composers, biologists and tree-rings. Dr. Fraker’s grant-winning project Performing Dendrochronology: Tree-Ring Music for Three Woodwinds is inspired by methods and data sets from the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research and involves the creation of a musical composition/visual art piece for live performance and digital media. 

>> Performing Dendrochronology: Tree-Ring Music for Three Woodwinds

Tree-Ring Lab building

Jackie Glazier

Jackie Glazier is an assistant professor of clarinet at the Fred Fox School of Music. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and in China, Mexico, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Croatia, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

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Marissa Olegario

Marissa Olegario, assistant professor at the Fred Fox School of Music, has appeared in concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Olegario has performed for stage productions for Puccini’s La Boheme and Madame Butterfly, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Verdi’s La Traviata. She has collaborated with the Martha Graham Dance Company in a production of The Rite of Spring.

Kelly Leslie

Kelly Leslie, an associate professor at the School of Art, teaches Publication Design, Design for Web and Devices, and a collaborative class with College of Law called ‘Visualizing Justice.’ She earned the CFA Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching Award earlier this fall.

Lachlan Skipworth

Hailed by The Australian as possessing a “rare gift as a melodist” and by Limelight as expressing “both exquisite delicacy and tremendous power”, Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse.

Margaret E.K. Evans

Margaret E.K. Evans is an assistant professor of forest ecology, a shared position between the LTRR and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has worked as a field ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service. Evans has held post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University’s Institute for Biospheric Studies, Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France.

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