Montopolis features members of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Texas' best rock musicians touring with environmental scientist Wendy Gordon. The show is a love letter to the region as well as an opportunity to discuss broader environmental challenges. Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible contradictions.
The Living Coast film was produced by acclaimed cinematographer Anlo Sepulveda (Yakona) and drone pilot Reagan Jobe. Scientists Wendy Gordon and Megan O'Connell perform on stage with Montopolis as well as providing educational outreach before and after the concerts.
"A Montopolis show is like a night of beautiful chamber music, but with electric guitar and the twang of pedal steel giving a Texas kick to the keys and strings."
- Texas Monthly
"a multimedia love letter to the Texas coast, with voices and images from the Gulf set to an original score" - NPR, The Texas Standard
Fourth in the Montopolis concert series about places in Texas, The Living Coast is their most ambitious musical incarnation to date with a horn section, string section, and rock rhythm section featuring members of the Tosca String Quartet, Okkervil River, the Polyphonic Spree, and the Austin Symphony.
This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Please see more information below and visit the website to see our touring schedule.
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