Biographies of key organizations and personnel
| Earth Day Network | Brooklyn Philharmonic |
| The New York Virtuoso Singers, Canticum Novum, and Harold Rosenbaum |
| Nathan Currier | Elizabeth Keusch | Marietta Simpson | John Aler | Kevin Maynor |
| Emma Tahmiziàn | Judith Lynn Stillman |
| Anne Akiko Meyers | The Shanghai String Quartet |
| Chris Turner
| Mark Davis |
| Elena Araoz | Phillip Baldwin | Diane Arvanites Noya & Prometheus Dance | Nigel Gore |
| James Lovelock | Loren Eiseley | Lewis Thomas |

 

Earth Day Network

Earth Day was begun by Gaylord Nelson, Senator and Governor of Wisconsin, in 1970. Denis Hayes, currently Chairman of Earth Day Network, organized the first Earth Day event, which brought 20 million people into the streets throughout the United States. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and to the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to civilians in the United States, for his role as Earth Day founder.

In 1990, Earth Day Network turned Earth Day into a global event, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues on to the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1994, Earth Day Network has been a permanent organization. Earth Day is now the only event celebrated simultaneously around the world by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities, and has been the first experience in environmental citizenship for millions of people around the world. Earth Day Network’s international network of 5,800 groups in 184 countries, over 1200 groups in the United States, and 95,000 K–12 educators organize millions every year to learn about the environment and take action to protect it.

 

Brooklyn Philharmonic

During its fifty year history, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has become a vital presence in the cultural life of New York, and has earned a reputation as a leading presenter of contemporary American music, with hundreds of commissions and premieres to its credit from such composers as Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, John Adams, and Philip Glass. Some of its premieres, in particular, have in recent years become major events in New York City: indeed, the orchestra has received 20 ASCAP Awards for "Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music." This year the Brooklyn Philharmonic also embarked on an ambitious range of Community Collaborations and Partnerships for Music Education, involving nearly 200 different events in venues across the borough. The orchestra has been featured twice on CBS's Late Night With David Letterman as well as on CBS Sunday Morning, PBS's City Arts, NBC News, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.

 

The New York Virtuoso Singers, The Canticum Novum Singers,
and Harold Rosenbaum

A vital force in American choral music for 30 years, Harold Rosenbaum is founder and artistic director of two major choral groups: the Canticum Novum Singers and the New York Virtuoso Singers. Mr. Rosenbaum has conducted over 1,200 concerts with these choirs and as a guest conductor. In addition, he has collaborated over 100 times with leading New York orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and The Orchestra of St. Luke's. Mr. Rosenbaum's choirs have performed many times on Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series, and have appeared on Late Night With David Letterman, at The Tanglewood Festival, and in concerts with James Galway, Tony Randall, Tony Bennett, Licia Albanese, Marianne Faithful, Leonard Slatkin, and The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Creator of a commissioning program, he has also premiered over 100 works, including compositions by Ravel (in Paris), Schnittke, Henze, Berio, and Perle. He has made dozens of radio and television broadcasts, including Voice of America worldwide, and on eight different recordings on labels including SONY Classical.

 

Nathan Currier

As a winner of the 1999 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for lifetime achievement in composition, Nathan Currier's citation mentioned the ‘breathtaking virtuosity’ of his compositions, as well as the direct impact, immediate appeal, honesty and clarity of his music. Also winner of the coveted Rome Prize for composition, he has been honored by many awards such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, among others. His commissions include a work composed for a quintet of the Berlin Philharmonic, and his music has been recorded on the Chandos, Crystal and CRI labels. He is published by Theodore Presser Co., and served for ten years on the faculty of the evening division of the Juilliard School.

 

Elizabeth Keusch, soprano

Known for her prowess with contemporary music, Elizabeth Keusch has premiered some of the most notable compositions of recent seasons: she gave the American premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos with the Boston Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano, and performances of Academy-Award winning composer Tan Dun’s Water Passion for St. Matthew have taken her to the Europaische Musikfest 2000 in Stuttgart for the world premiere, which was televised live, and to the Barbican Centre in London, with cellist Yo Yo Ma, as well as to Tokyo and the Oregon Bach Festival. She has appeared with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in the national premiere of Tan Dun’s The Gate:Orchestral Theatre IV, and also appeared with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in televised performances of his Symphony 2000 Today, Millennium Symphony. She has also been heard recently with the Baltimore Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Pacific Symphonies, and her many festival appearances include Tanglewood, the Berliner Festwoche, the Festival Ultraschall, Festival d’automne in Paris, the Festival H_rgänge, the Sonic Boom Festival at Columbia University, and the Colorado Music Festival, among others. A recipient of the Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory, she was named their 2001 Presidential Scholar.

 

Marietta Simpson

One of the most sought-after mezzos today, Marietta Simpson has sung with all the major orchestras in the U.S. and under many of the world's great conductors, including Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Neeme Jarvi and Neville Marriner. Marietta Simpson can be seen on Video Artists International's version of Handel's Messiah with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, which has frequently been seen nationwide on PBS telecasts at Christmas and Easter. Her many other recordings with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Shaw on Telarc include works of Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Janacek, Mahler and Vivaldi. She can also be heard on EMI, in a recording of Porgy and Bess conducted by Simon Rattle. In 1994, Philadelphia's National Political Congress of Black Women presented her with the Chisholm Award as an outstanding African-American woman in music. Among her many other awards, she was a winner in the 1989 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and in that year was awarded First Prize in the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition sponsored by National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Clubs, Inc.

 

John Aler

John Aler has been singled out as one of the most acclaimed lyric tenors on the international stage. A consummate soloist, he often performs in America with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and the Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles Symphonies. In Europe, he has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, l'Orchestre National de France, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta among others, with such conductors as Barenboim, Dutoit, Gardiner, Leinsdorf, Masur, Mehta, Norrington, Ozawa, Rattle, Salonen, Slatkin and Zinman, to name a few. In opera he has performed with most of the major companies and opera houses in Europe including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Vienna, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Hamburg, Geneva, Madrid, Lyon and Brussels as well as the New York City Opera, St Louis, Santa Fe, Washington DC and Baltimore operas. He has made over fifty recordings.

 

Kevin Maynor, bass

Reviewing Kevin Maynor's CD "Paul Robeson Remembered," Fanfare magazine exclaimed, "This is a ‘super’ voice - a voice to compare not only to Robeson but also to Alexander Kipnis, to Boris Christoff, even to Ezio Pinza - in other words to the very greatest bass voices of the century." Mr. Maynor made his New York City Opera debut in Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and recently returned there to sing in Il barbiere di Siviglia. His impressive list of opera credits also includes appearances with the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Pacific, Sacramento Opera, Mississippi Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Mobile Opera, Scottish Opera, and L’Opéra de Montréal. His festival credits include Wolf Trap and Spoleto. He performed world premieres such as Ulysses Kay's Frederick Douglass with New Jersey State Opera (in which he sang the title role) Anthony Davis' X with the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia, and Anthony Davis' Amistad with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Kevin Maynor has recorded for Telarc, among others, and is a Richard Tucker Career Grant winner.

 

Emma Tahmiziàn, piano

Emma Tahmiziàn, pianist, has won prizes in the most prestigious international competitions, including First Prize in the Robert Schumann International Competition at age nineteen, followed by prizes at the Van Cliburn, Leeds, Tchaikowsky, Montreal and Pro Musicis competitions. Ms. Tahmizian has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Philharmonic, Leningrad Philharmonic, Halle Philharmonic, and East Berlin Symphony. In 1985 she emigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. Since then her musical activities have included performances of chamber music as well as many premieres of contemporary works at such venues as the Distinguished Artists Series at the 92nd St. Y, Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Ms. Tahmizian's recent recital appearances include Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a faculty member of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival where her activities include solo, chamber and contemporary music performances, in addition to teaching chamber music.

 

Judith Lynn Stillman, piano

Judith Lynn Stillman’s SONY Classical recording with double Grammy award-winner Wynton Marsalis skyrocketed to the Top Ten on the Billboard charts and received rave reviews, and her first solo recording, on the North Star Music label, has sold over 200,000 copies. She was the youngest person ever admitted to Juilliard's doctoral program, and upon graduation was awarded the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist. Stillman has been a noted performer at major music festivals including Marlboro and the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she has been featured annually since 1989. Judith Lynn Stillman is currently on the piano and chamber music faculties of New England Conservatory, and is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. In 1997, Stillman was awarded the First Annual Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, along with actor Jason Robards. In 2003, Stillman recorded with famed country fiddler Mark O'Connor for a virtual interactive exhibit at the SONY Wonder Museum in NYC. Stillman has recently added new dimensions to her career as music director and choral conductor in a number of theatrical, choral and operatic venues, including Music Director and Chorus Master at Operafestival di Roma in Rome and Verona, Italy.

 

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most sought after violinists performing today. An international artist renowned for her impassioned music making, technical brilliance and compelling stage presence, she has appeared In recent seasons with such leading American orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Meyers has built an extensive discography on RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO. She has also complemented her career with many live broadcasts: her television credits include an A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson which attracted national attention. She has also been a frequent guest at the Aspen, Hollywood Bowl, Ishikawa, Mainly Mozart, Miyazaki, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals.

 

The Shanghai String Quartet

The Shanghai Quartet has earned a reputation as one of the world's most outstanding quartets. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, astounding technique, and multicultural innovations. Winners of the prestigious Chicago Discovery Competition, the Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Arnold Steinhardt, David Soyer, Eugenia Zukerman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, Ruth Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Eliot Fisk and Sharon Isbin. Regularly touring major music centers of Europe and North America, the Shanghai Quartet performs frequently in cities such as London, Hamburg, Milan, and Amsterdam, as well as in New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, St. Paul, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. The Quartet also has a distinguished teaching record and are currently Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University, at the University of Richmond, and at the Shanghai Conservatory in China. The Quartet has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals and has made several appearances at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and on it "Great Performers" series. They record for Delos International.

 

Chris Turner, harmonica

Born in England and residing in Providence, Rhode Island, Chris Turner has wowed audiences around the world with his wizardry on the harmonica. In 1975, he won first place in an international competition sponsored by Hohner harmonicas, their World Championship Harmonica Award. With some twenty recordings of his own to his credit, he has appeared on an estimated 200 recordings in total. A founder of the Nee Ningy band, he has performed with Ian Anderson, Big Boy Henry, the Rolling Stones, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, among many others. He has lectured, taught, and developed music workshops in both academic and community-based institutions of learning.

 

Mark Davis , banjo

Multi-instrumentalist Mark Davis performs frequently on classical guitar, banjo, mandocello, electric guitar, and fiddle. Frequently working closely with composers, he has commissioned and recorded works from such composers as Ernst Krenek, amongst many others. One of his CD recordings was nominated for a Grammy Award. Davis is Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, and directs a multi-level classical guitar program at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

Elena Araoz, stage director

Elena Aroaz has served as an assistant to acclaimed director Sir Jonathan Miller, and her own recent directing credits include a staged concert of Verdi’s Falstaff with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with the Austin Shakespeare Festival. This season she is looking forward to once again assisting Jonathan Miller, this time with Shakespeare’s King Lear at Lincoln Center. She also recently directed her adaptation of the Hansel and Gretel story, House of Sweets, for the University of Texas’ New Works Festival. Elena is a professional voice and text coach as well, having worked with Austin Shakespeare Festival in Texas and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

 

Phillip Baldwin, Scenographer and Designer

Winner of the Rome Prize, Phillip Baldwin began design practice in New York City in 1987, where he has since worked on many theater, opera, MTV music videos, film, interior design, graphic design, and television projects, including off-Broadway productions at the Minetta Lane, Lincoln Center Institute, Samuel Beckett Theater, Lyric Opera Theater NYC, Lucille Lortell, The Kitchen, and INTAR. Other Venues include the Yale Repertory Theater, Edinburgh Fringe, Skylight Opera, Playmakers Rep, Long Island Stage, La Scenographia in Rome, Russian Festival of Dramatic Performers, and Butoh Affinity in Tokyo. Currently Professor of Scenic and Media Design at SUNY Stony Brook, NY, Phillip Baldwin holds an MFA from Yale University School of Drama and a BA in Philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus. He also won the Japan Foundation Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a grant from the Dunn Foundation. From 1993-1997 Mr. Baldwin was Assistant Professor at Smith College, and has also held residencies and taught as an adjunct at Yale University, Princeton University, and Bard College.

 

Diane Arvanites Noya and Prometheus Dance

Prometheus Dance, founded in 1986, is an ensemble of ten dancers performing contemporary dance/theatre created by the company's Artistic Directors Diane Arvanites-Noya and Tommy Neblett. Prometheus Dance has been produced in New York City by the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Downtown Baca and La Mama; in Boston, their home base, by the FleetBoston Celebrity Series and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, amongst many others; and internationally, the company having performed in Europe and South America annually since 1994. The company has been presented in Spain at the Teatro Galan and the En Pe de Pedra festival in Santiago de Compostela; and at the Festivale de Danza en Galicia in Pontevedra. In France, the company has performed at the Theatre de l’Olivier in Istres, and at the Overture Danse 4 Festival in Marseilles. Prometheus Dance made its South American debut at the 1er Festivale de las Artes Internacional in Valencia, Venezuela and this season traveled to Quito, Ecuador to teach and perform at the Festivale No Mas Luna en el Aqua. Prometheus Dance has reached nearly 500,000 audience members through its adult performances, in-school activities, outreach presentations, and media coverage.

 

Nigel Gore, Actor

Rhode Island-based actor Nigel Gore is widely considered to be the most exciting and talented actor of his generation in Rhode Island’s theaters. Gore was born in Broadstairs, England and trained in London, as well as at the Trinity Repertory Conservatory. His principal stage roles include Macbeth in Macbeth, Mark Antony in Antony & Cleopatra, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Vanya in Uncle Vanya, Vershinin in The Three Sisters, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Norman in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, Max in The Homecoming and Goldberg in The Birthday Party, both by Harold Pinter. His film roles include Macbeth in Macbeth, Titus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus both directed by Richard Griffin; Dean Rogers in Outside Providence, directed by Michael Corrente; Steven Scarcella in Basic Pictures’ Pray For Power; and Hanging by a Thread directed by Glenn Ciano, as well as Leaving Scars, Strangers in Transit, and Contrapunctus. He is also a director, and served as Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater company in Providence from 1996 until last 2002. His frequent collaborations with musicians have included a recent appearance with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and he has formed a group, called Aurea, devoted to dramatic presentations of chamber music.

 

AUTHORS OF GAIAN VARIATIONS TEXT

James Lovelock

James Lovelock began the Gaia hypothesis when he was chief research scientist for NASA’s life detection experiments during the first Viking missions to mars. He helped to spur environmentalism when Rachel Carson wrote "Silent Spring" in response to early readings of pesticides throughout the environment made with one of his inventions. He also first discovered the existence of CFCs in the earth’s lower atmosphere, thus helping to start the "ozone wars" which culminated in the Montreal Protocol to help protect the earth’s ozone layer. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. In 1990 he was awarded the first Amsterdam Prize for the Environment by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen. Further awards include the Nonino Prize and the Volvo Environment Prize in 1996, and Japan’s Blue Planet Prize in 1997. He has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford since 1994, and in 2003 was made a Campanion to the Queen. Lovelock is now considered by some to be one of the most important scientists since Charles Darwin.

 

Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley was an evolutionary biologist, anthropologist, poet, teacher, historian of science, and naturalist. He began teaching at Oberlin College in 1944, where he became head of the Department of Anthropology. He became head of the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, in 1947. In 1949 he was elected president of the American Institute of Human Paleontology. The Immense Journey, his first book, was published by Random House in 1957. Darwin's Century was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa prize for best book in science, 1958. He was awarded the John Burroughs Medal and the LeComte du Nouy Award in 1961 for The Firmament of Time. He was appointed Provost, University of Pennsylvania, 1959-1961, after which he was named Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and the History of Science. He was elected in 1971 to the National Institute of Arts and Letters — the only scientist so named in its whole history.

 

Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas was born in Flushing, New York. The son of a surgeon, he graduated from Princeton University and in 1937 earned an M.D. from Harvard. He served as dean of the medical schools of Yale and New York Universities and he served as president (1973–80) then chancellor (1980–83) and president emeritus (from 1983) and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His many scientific papers earned him membership in the National Academy of Sciences. In 1971, he began contributing a regular column, "Notes of a Biology Watcher," to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Some of these essays he collected and published in 1974 as The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, which won the National Book Award.