Artists, Aesthetics and the Natural World: Olivier Messiaen’s From the Canyons to the Stars

Saturday, January 30th 2016, 1:00pm

Prof. Kathryn Barush (Art History and Religion, GTU/JST) is participating in the panel on The Natural World, Immensity and Wonder as part of the upcoming symposium Artists, Aesthetics and the Natural World:  Olivier Messiaen’s From the Canyons to the Stars on January 30th.

Messiaen’s majestic piece will be performed the following evening, January 31, by the St. Louis Symphony, with noted Messiaen interpreter David Robertson at the Podium. A tribute to the breathtaking beauty of Utah's southwestern canyon lands, the sublime evening-length work is paired with a new multimedia presentation featuring photography by Deborah O'Grady, co-commissioned by Cal Performances to celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service in 2016.

Here's the Schedule for the Saturday Symposium 

1:00–2:15 pm

Artist talk with David Robertson and Deborah O’Grady, moderated by Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky


2:30–3:40 pm

Des canyons aux étoiles...—The Natural World, Immensity and Wonder

Sabrina Klein, Cal Performances' Director of Artistic Literacy explores art and the natural world with Margaretta Lovell, History of Art, UC Berkeley; Kathryn Barush, Art History, GTU/JST, and renowned choreographer Anna Halprin.

3:50–5 pm

The National Parks: Kindred Connections of the Natural World and Creativity

A conversation on the cultural connections between access to nature and creativity environmentalist Ken Brower, Will Rogers, Director, Trust for Public Land, Caryl Hart, Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks, Johnathan Logan Jr., General Manager, Marin County Community Service District, and Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances.


When: Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 1–5 pm (Symposium)
Where: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Find out more about the January 31 performance