Creating Within the Context of our Current World.

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A message from Artistic Director, Sarah Tiedemann, written for In Wildness on September 12, 2019, the concert that will open our 34th season.

Dear friends,
Welcome to the opening of Third Angle’s 2019-20 season - the 34th year of building groundbreaking concert experiences and bringing truly original voices into your musical world.

This is a volatile time in our history, one in which people identify deeply with their tribes and passionately advocate for the world they wish to build. As an arts organization, we find ourselves in the middle of a debate about whether the arts should be an escape or a powerful space for political and social engagement.

We hope that our audiences contain people from all backgrounds and ideologies. When programming the season, the desire not to alienate people we care about runs deep. With that said, we are an organization whose mission is to exist and create within the context of our current world.

While opinions about climate change run the gamut in politics and the general population, an astounding 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming and climate change. (1) The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, including over 6,000 scientific references and prepared by 91 authors from 40 countries, clearly states that we have about a 12-year window to reduce emissions and hold the warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. (2) In short, there is time to act, but no time to worry about whether or not to act. I hold that to be true in the arts as well.

The music in this concert is about the poles, the sea, the glaciers, and the myriad creatures depending upon us to protect a planet that belongs to them, too. It is about the point where art and science meet, where animals are given a voice, and the measurable level of the sea and undeniably decreasing volume of polar ice are translated into a collection of pitches, howls, and drumbeats calling to us in ways numbers cannot.

I began with the turbulence shaking humanity and our relationships. In the face of that turbulence there is also a benefit to this black and white world in which we currently dwell—people are engaged. This performance is a further opportunity to channel that focus into being wholly present and passionate within the music we hear. Love it or hate it, agree or disagree, but either way please seize this opportunity to feel something deeply with the humans surrounding you, with whom you share an open-minded appreciation of the music of our time.

Much love and gratitude to all of you joining us for In Wildness on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 and throughout the season. The openness and capacity of your minds, hearts, and ears moves us to create, and we couldn’t do it without you.


With deepest gratitude,

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Sarah Tiedemann
Artistic Director
Third Angle New Music

 
 

1 https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/17/do-scientists-agree-on-climate-change/
2 https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/

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