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Wednesday, May. 22 7:30 PM



A multimedia event by Ben Morris, presented by Loop38

Commissioned by Houston-based new music ensemble Loop38 and created by Dr. Ben Morris, assistant professor of composition at Stephen F. Austin State University, Longleaf traces the history of the longleaf tree and the timber industry in East Texas with video projections, historical photographs, natural soundscapes and music, with the goal of raising awareness about the ecological importance of native forests and their reliance on prescribed fire.

Morris' piece reflects on the relationships between people and their environments, highlighting the fascinating fire-adapted tree that relies on frequent burns, both natural and manmade.  Longleaf explores the unique landscape through the visuals, recorded audio, and live interactions of the musicians, and even features audio from Morris' own experience at a controlled burn at the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary, which is a remaining stand of longleaf pine maintained by the Nature Conservancy.

To bring even more insight about this Texan tree to our local community, longleaf expert and Nature Conservancy preserve manager Shawn Benedict will be present alongside Dr. Ben Morris for a Q&A session after the performance. As the manager of Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary, Benedict has years of experience to share.

The event includes collaborations with the Nature Conservancy, the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and received support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additional Information:

Ben Morris, composer

Nature Conservancy/Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 at 7:30 PM

Q&A immediately following

80 minutes with no intermission

$30 suggested price-Regular
$15 suggested price-Student

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