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Awakening to the Environment

November 1, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the launch of EnviroLab Asia at the Claremont Colleges at a concert featuring music composed by Malaysian artist and activist Yii Kah Hoe.

The environmental crisis is very close to the heart of all participants and particularly composer Yii Kah Hoe: Malaysian Borneo is his home. The composition is intended to draw attention more generally to the catastrophic environmental destruction in South East Asia, particularly in and around Borneo.

Four premieres will be presented at this concert for choirs and chamber music; all of the pieces have strong connections to Asia and the environment, and feature faculty and alumnae from the Claremont Colleges:

Featuring four world premiere performances:
Snowflakes, Blossoms: Friends of the Way by Marjorie Merryman (Scripps ’72)
Li Po Declines by Bill Alves (HMC faculty), text by Warren Liu (Scripps faculty)
Thinking of Elder Sister Zhen by Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty)
Forest Threnody by Yii Kah Hoe (Malaysia) & Steve Rowell (U.S.A.)
Chinese Moon Poems (1999) by Marjorie Merryman”

Joint Choirs will be conducted by Prof. Chuck Kamm. (Joint Music program: CMC, SCR, HMC, PZ).
Languages sung during the concert include: Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Pali and English.

Environmental Art-Making Panel

Pre-performance panel on arts activism with activists/composers Rowell, Yii, and Gonzalez in Boone Recital Hall, adjacent to the performance hall.


There will be a reception following the performance in the Scripps Williamson Gallery, which will feature an exhibit of restored 17th-century Chinese painting. Refreshments will be provided.



November 1, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Professor Anne Harley


Garrison Theater, Scripps College
231 East 10th St
Claremont, 91711 United States
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