Meira’s Symphony Living Breathing Earth will be presented on February 7, 2023 @ 7:30 PM by the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Director of Orchestras Scott Weiss, at the University’s Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. in Columbia, SC. A pre-concert talk will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the Koger Lobby.
Meira writes, “The title Living, Breathing Earth came to me in contemplating the image of the rainforests as lungs of the earth. I felt our planet, alive with all variety of creatures and plants living in symbiosis with each other, breathing in and out, and the planet as a whole, pulsing with breath. I also contemplated the earth rotating through space, a spinning orb of blue and green, at just the right distance from the sun to support life, and our protective blanket of air, the atmosphere of the earth, providing the medium for our breath.”
“We know life on earth is in danger, with many species sick and dying from our pollution, and the atmosphere losing its protective qualities. The very breath of the earth, the relationship between carbon dioxide and oxygen, is out of balance. Sometimes it takes a threat of loss for us to realize the blessings we have, and to act to preserve them. Just as when praying for the healing of a loved one we picture the person in perfect health, so in this symphony, I celebrate the earth in her radiant fullness.”
More about the event, the orchestra’s season and tickets here.
Hear the 4th movement, Living, Breathing Earth, below.