Stephen Lias

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8 minutes, 21 seconds

Performed by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin,
 Misha Rachevsky, conductor



Denali bombards the senses. It makes us acutely aware of our own smallness, while at the same time challenging and nurturing our own capacity to go higher, further, and deeper. It is a land of extremes and poignant contrasts. As I set out to represent some of these qualities in music, I chose to write themes that captured some of the most fundamental emotions and memories: immense landscapes, dangerous predators, snowcapped peaks, fragile animals, and (predictably) the great mountain overlooking it all.

— Stephen Lias, 2011

Stephen Lias
Stephen Lias

Stephen Lias is Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. He is the founder and leader of Alaska Geographic's annual “Composing in the Wilderness” field seminar. He has had residencies at Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written more than a dozen park-related pieces that have been premiered at conferences and festivals in Colorado, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan. His compositions are regularly performed throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Louisiana Sinfonietta, XPlorium Ensemble, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Visit his website.

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Last updated: March 29, 2017

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