UTAS Lunchtime Concerts

Wild Music

Adventurer-composer Stephen Lias illuminates his obsession with the National Parks of the USA through words, images, and music.
Fri 15 Mar 2024 1:00 pm
The Salon at The Hedberg


What does danger sound like?  What tempo expresses exhilaration?  What chords and rhythms communicate the essence of a backcountry experience?  What happens when the wildness of trail, river, and mountain intrude on the velvet seats and hushed silences of the concert hall?

Adventurer-Composer Stephen Lias thinks a lot about these questions. In his pursuit of answers, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for Rocky Mountain, Glacier Bay, Denali, Great Sand Dunes, Mount Rainier, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and the resulting pieces have been performed in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the USA by groups like the Athens Philharmonia, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Russian String Orchestra, the Ensamble de Trompetas Simón Bolívar, and the Boulder Philharmonic.  He also is the founder and leader of Composing in the Wilderness, a summer program offered in partnership with the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic.
In this engaging multimedia presentation, you will explore the many ways that adventure, scenery, fear, history, wildlife and geology can be translated into music.  You’ll hear audio and video excerpts from many pieces both by Lias and others, and you’ll learn how the worlds of Steinway and bushwalking go together like fine coffee and a mountain sunrise.


Tickets are free but registration is essential as seating is limited.


60 mins (no interval)

Patrons' Advice

Arriving at the Hedberg
Please arrive between 12:30pm - 12:45pm via the University of Tasmania entrance to the building on 19 Collins Street Hobart. Please note there is a strict lockout for the concert and no latecomers will be admitted at the request of the musicians.

Accessible Facilities
The Salon is located on the ground floor with level access from the street. Should you require mobility assistance of any kind, please advise us via email or phone 03 6226 7314. One of our staff will be organised to assist you.

Mask requirements
Mask wearing is an individual choice, however UTAS strongly recommends that masks be worn in indoor settings, particularly where physical distancing cannot be maintained.