CANCELLED Music for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Apr 17, 2020

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed. We will make an announcement once it has been rescheduled. 

April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the birth of the modern environmental movement. 

International Visiting Research Scholar Chris Chafe (Music, Stanford) is a world-leader in the field of data sonification – a process through which numerical observations are converted into musical tones. This Earth Day themed concert will highlight the sweeping changes that have unfolded over Planet Earth during the last half century. Earth Movement 86/50 was created using data drawn from a wide variety of earth science disciplines—including oceanography, forestry, glaciology, and atmospheric science—and represents both environmental change over the past half century, and future projections from numerical computer models.

Music for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Chris Chafe Earth Moment 86/50
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite (for 13 instruments)

Featuring the UBC Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Girard

$20 Adults | $10 Students
Tickets available in advance online at, in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office, or call 604-822-2697. On concert day, tickets will be available at the door (Barnett Hall) one hour before the start of the performance (CASH ONLY).

Earth Moment 86/50 is a collaboration between International Vising Research Scholar Chris Chafe, 2018 Wall Scholar Jonathan Girard and 2015 Wall Scholar and PWIAS former director Philippe Tortell, among others.

This event is a UTown@UBC community concert in partnership with the UBC School of Music, with support for Earth Moment 86/50 and International Visiting Research Scholar Chris Chafe from the Peter Wall Institute.