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On May 14, 2017, Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology will lead a global day of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world, celebrating the life and legacy of composer Lou Harrison.

Music and dance performances, tree plantings, visual art exhibitions and film screenings will be streamed live from Harrison House for 24 hours via, while creative activities from around the globe will be posted simultaneously.

This coming May 14 marks the 100th Birthday of the venerable artist (May 14, 1917 – February 3, 2003). Lou Harrison lived courageously, leaving a legacy of beauty, acceptance, activism and concern for humanity and the earth, even in the most difficult of times. On this day people around the world are invited to join us by engaging in creative acts – to make art and plant trees, wherever they may be. In a historical moment when empathy and mutual understanding are urgently needed, we believe art has the capacity to unite people across borders in the spirit of peace and compassion.

Scheduled to appear at Harrison House are Nyoman and Nanik Wenten with Gamelan Burat Wangi, cellist Emil Miland, and native plant specialist Robin Kobaly. Lou Harrison tributes will be featured from around the world, including those by choreographer Mark Morris, composer Terry Riley, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Eva Soltes’ documentary LOU HARRISON: A World of Music will be screened, as well as previously unseen film clips, such as the world premier of a film revealing Terry Riley’s first performance at Harrison House. Word of the event has spread around North America, and has reached Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

For more information or images, please contact Eva Soltes at (760) 366-4712.


Harrison House: 6881 Mount Lassen Avenue, Joshua Tree CA 92252

Information: (760) 366-4712

A Non-Profit project of San Francisco Study Center

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