Adirondack Week to feature duo in multimedia concert

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The Kelly Adirondack Center will present Ricochet Duo, featuring Rose

Anne LaBastille photo by Ken Rimany

Noted environmentalist, author and feminist icon Anne LaBastille

Chancler on piano and Jane Boxall, marimba, in a special multimedia concert Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the GE Theater in Proctor’s.

The Woodswoman Project: A tribute to Anne LaBastille, is part of Union’s third annual Adirondack Week festivities, set for May 10-14.

Weaving together music, sound, images and light, the concert honors the late LaBastille’s tireless work as an international environmentalist, author and feminist icon and celebrates her four principal tenets: water, woods, birds and silence.

The program includes stunning images by acclaimed Adirondack photographers Mark Bowie, Shaun Heffernan and Carl Heilman II alongside Adirondack-inspired music by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, and Doug Opel, Bill Pfaff and Rain Worthington.

Tann’s commissioned work – the centerpiece of the project – is titled,Solstice, and it draws directly on LaBastille’s writings.

Other musical works on the program are by Mikhail Glinka, Jens Schliecker and Nils Rower, Keiko Abe, Jesús Castillo, Akemi Naito and Charles Tomlinson Griffes.

The evening includes a free post-concert reception with wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres with the musicians, who will be artists-in-residence on campus for the week.

For questions about the event, contact Caleb Northrop at

LaBastille blazed trails for women in conservation, courageously advocated for the environment, wrote award-winning books including the Woodsman series, Jaguar Totem, and Women and Wilderness; more than 150 popular articles and 25 scientific articles. Her awards for pioneering work in wildlife ecology in the United States and Latin America include: World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for Conservation, the Explorers Club Citation of Merit and Society of Women Geographers Gold Medal.

According to The New York Times, “The gratifying struggle for Anne LaBastille was how to balance her yearning for the serenity of solitude in the wilderness with her mission to let the world know, as best she could, that it must preserve wilderness.”

In addition to the concert, Adirondack Week will feature an array of events, including a student hike, an Adirondack photography exhibition, a lecture on the Adirondack Park and a faculty panel on women and the Adirondacks. For the week’s complete schedule, click here.