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Northwest Passage
Peace United Church
Santa Cruz, CA
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Northwest Passage
Featuring the World Premiere of
A suite for piano honoring  the healing energy of plants to the world, , humans and all creatures.
Dedicated to and performed by Michael Tierra, pianist

The concert includes six additional chamber works performed (from left to right) by Ben Dorfan, piano; Shannon Delaney, viola;
Brian Johnston, violin; Aude Castagna,cello; Kathleen Purcell, flute;
Jeff Gallagher, clarinet; Michael Tierra, director and soloist performing  Arcana, (above) along with the sound of whales (not shown)
and other surprises.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7 PM

Peace United Church
900 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

ADMISSION: General - $25 online/$5 more at the door
Seniors and Students - $20 online/$5 more at the door

Of Wood and Touch
Aude Castagna, cello; Ben Dorfan, piano

Shiny Kiss
Kathleen Purcell, flute
clip: http://bit.ly/1oWCJQp

Kathleen Purcell, bass flute
Electronic Environment "Songs of Whales"
clip: http://bit.ly/1OpeAX8

Water Crossing
Jeff Gallagher, clarinet
Electronic natural environment
clip: http://bit.ly/1VyECgs

Brian Johnston  violin
Electronic natural environment


Arcana suite for solo piano (World Premiere)
Dedicated and performed by Herbalist-musician, Michael Tierra
Honoring the healing and nurturing relationship of plants with the world and all creatures

Unabashedly More
Kathleen Purcell, flute and piccolo
Jeff Gallagher, clarinet
Brian Johnston, violin
Shannon Delaney, viola
Aude Castagna, cello
Ben Dorfan, piano
clip: http://bit.ly/1SM7Zhw

Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released recordings from around the world. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Ms. Shapiro's honors and awards include those from The American Music Center, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Mu Phi Epsilon, Meet the Composer, The California Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. An enthusiastic leader in the new music community, Alex is a strong advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published articles and volunteerism. She is the elected Symphonic and Concert music representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors, co-chairs ASCAP's Symphonic & Concert Committee, and chairs the Program Council for New Music USA. Ms. Shapiro is the past President of the Board of Directors of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, and has also served as on the boards of national music organizations including The American Music Center, The MacDowell Colony, The College Music Society, NACUSA, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists. Raised in Manhattan and later a longtime resident of Malibu, California, Alex now lives on Washington State's remote San Juan Island. When she's not composing she can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com and her website, www.alexshapiro.org.

The featured work, Arcana, is a world premiere. According to the composer, "Arcana explores the painfully fragile and often perilous relationship between humans and the healing secrets of earth's abundant plant life  often from the perspective of the plant's themselves."


Peace United Church (View)
900 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Michael Tierra
On BPT Since: Jan 22, 2013
Michael Tierra


Phyllis T.
Felton, CA United States
Mar 19, 2016 12:58 PM
David M.
Felton, CA United States
Mar 19, 2016 12:58 PM
Linda S.
Santa Cruz, CA United States
Mar 18, 2016 10:23 PM
Dale D.
bonny doon, CA United States
Mar 17, 2016 7:13 PM
Laura D.
bonny doon, CA United States
Mar 17, 2016 7:13 PM

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