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Artist-in-Resident Captures National Parks in Music


Composer Stephen Lias is the current Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park.

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown-bag luncheon presentation regarding musical composition from the inspiration of wilderness on Wednesday, June 18 from12 p.m.to1 the park’s community building in West Glacier.Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence and music composer Stephen Lias will share a multimedia presentation exploring the many ways adventure, scenery, history, wildlife, and geology can be translated into music. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists four weeks of focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of the park’s landscape while pursuing their artistic goals. The program also allows artists opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits. Lias is serving as Glacier National Park’s Artist-in-Residence for the month of June.

Lias has served as an Artist-in-Residence for several national parks including Rocky Mountain,Glacier Bay,Denali, and Gates of the Arctic. His compositions have been performed around the world by soloists and ensembles including the Louisiana Sinfonietta, XPlorium Ensemble, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. National Parks Magazine featured his composition, “Timberline Sonata” in their Fall 2011 issue. Lias also leads music composition field seminars for Alaska Geographic, the official non-profit partner of many national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests in Alaska. He currently resides in Texas where he is a Professor of Composition at Stephen F.Austin State University.

The Glacier National Park Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center hosts brown-bag lectures throughout the year.  Click HERE for more information.

– NPS –

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