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A truly unique event, Project Earth fuses science, music, philosophy and local activism into one impactful experience. Inspired by UM’s mission to engage with our community and to explore intersections between disciplines, UM faculty and students present an evening of poignant conversations interspersed with large-scale multimedia musical performances. Project Earth seeks not only to evoke thoughts, but to inspire action in addressing today’s climate change crisis.
Sudden lighting and sound changes may cause discomfort for a small number of attendees.

Pre-Concert discussion & 6:30 PM, Dennison Theatre Rotunda

Join composer, Bryan Kostors for a discussion on the inspiration and creation of Standing Dead for wind ensemble and live video.

The term “standing dead” refers to dead trees that are left upright after a forest fire event. These skeletal groves are a visual marker of a fire’s path. As forest fire events become more common, larger, and more devastating with climate change, these dead forests also become reminders of humanity’s impact on the environment and landscape.This piece, along with its accompanying visual media, is a document of forest fire in our current time.  -Bryan Kostors

Part 1: Action

Voices for a Livable Future

Abby Huseth, Climate Smart Missoula

Winona Bateman, Families for a Livable Climate




Renewal for quartet and sinfonietta

by Viet Cuong
Percussion Ensemble - Robert LedBetter, Willie Baltz, Loren Lauridson & Tyler Ulrich
UM Faculty & Student Sinfonietta, James Smart, conductor



Part 2: Science

Living with fire in the West: A Faustian tale

Solomon Dobrowski, Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology
W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation


Standing Dead for wind ensemble and live projections

composed by Bryan Kostors
filmed by Danny Corey
performed by the UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble
James Smart, conductor
world premiere performance



Part 3: Ethics

After Losing the Natural World

Christopher Preston, Professor of Philosophy
College of Humanities and Sciences


The Automatice Earth for wind ensemble & electronics

by Steven Bryant
performed by the UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble
James Smart, conductor



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