“We’re every day less the oasis and more the desert,” writes Bill McKibben in the intro to his book Eaarth. The planet, he continues, “needs a new name. Eaarth.” It was an idea that captivated composer Robert Paterson, and on May 4, that idea came to full sonic fruition with Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s premiere of his A New Eaarth, under the direction of Jeffrey Domoto. The culmination of a three-year Music Alive residency, the premiere included McKibben himself, a Vermont resident, as narrator.
Also this week, we take spotlight a recent friendly softball game between musicians and staff of the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony—and look back at an historic meeting between the two squads in 1981.
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Posted May 18, 2012