The University of Arizona: Tree-Ring Listening

A collaboration by the Fred Fox School of Music, School of Art, and LTRR

This performance features the world-premiere of Pine Chant, a mesmerizing new composition by Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth. Inspired by tree-ring growth data from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the piece is a sonic embodiment of twelve Arizona trees and an emotional response to the climate crisis.

The collaboration was designed by oboist Sara Fraker, whose research explores intersections of ecology and music. She will be joined in the LTRR’s exquisite gallery space by fellow wind faculty Jackie Glazier (clarinet) and Marissa Olegario (bassoon), with light design and art direction by Kelly Leslie (School of Art) and spoken word by biologist Margaret Evans (LTRR).

Additional musical works by Veronika Krausas, Alexandre Tansman, Jenni Brandon, Paquito d’Rivera and Heitor Villa-Lobos. An exhibit of digital illustrations depicting the twelve trees in our study, created by students from the School of Art, will provide a visual backdrop for the performance.

This project is made possible by a UA Production Faculty Seed Grant and the College of Fine Arts Fund for Excellence.


Time: Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 19:00 to 20:30

Access: public

Room: Bannister 101

Contact: Pamela Pelletier


  • Audience: All Ages/Family
  • Genre: Arts, Culture & Social Science, Field Sciences, Sustainability & Earth Sciences
  • Type: Presentation

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Dec 05 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



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Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building
1215 E. Lowell St., Tucson, AZ, 85721


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