Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will be performing a special concert, Terra Nostra, that pays homage to our rich Native American culture and the Great Lakes region. The concert will feature three distinct pieces that will take the audience on a journey through the region’s history and traditions: Gwyneth Walker’s Great Lakes Cantata, a choral and orchestral work that is inspired by the beauty of the five lakes and celebrates the region’s natural wonders; Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate’s Spirit Chief Names the Animal People that recounts an Okanogan Indian story about how Coyote retained his name, given by the Great Spirit Chief; and Terra Nostra, a 30-minute multimedia symphony composed by Christophe Changard, which is a call to action about ways to preserve our region’s natural resources.

Terra Nostra

Terra Nostra (Our Earth in Latin) is a 30-minute multimedia symphony about climate change composed by Christophe Chagnard, and featuring documentary film by Charlie Spears. It was created to engage, educate, inspire, and empower people to initiate personal and policy change to protect our Earth. Terra Nostra shows the beauty of the natural world and the threats faced by it. No previous experience with or knowledge of classical music is needed to be touched by Terra Nostra. It makes climate change urgent and visceral through music and photographs, stimulates people to challenge themselves to learn more about the issues, and motivates them to see what practical steps they can take in their own lives and communities.

Spirit Chief Names the Animal People

An homage to indigenous/American Indian culture through music by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a Chickasaw classical composer. Spirit Chief Names the Animal People is the Okanogan Indian story of how Coyote retained his name, given by the Great Spirit Chief. The music recorded is the orchestral version of the three powerful animals Bear, Salmon and Eagle – along with Coyote.

Great Lakes Cantata

The Great Lakes Cantata composed by Gwyneth Walker (GLCO composer-in-residence) is a musical journey across the magnificent five lakes (each represented by the five movements within the piece) bordering the Eastern US and Canada. Texts by American and Canadian poets have been selected as lyrics for this cantata. The journey moves from East (Lake Ontario) to West (Lake Superior), stopping to explore the unique character of each lake en route.

Out into the deep of the great dark world,

Beyond the long borders where foam and drift
Of the sundering waves are lost and gone
On the tides that plunge and rear and crumble.
-excerpted Carl Sandberg lyrics, representing Lake Michigan in the cantata

VIP Ticketing

For those looking to elevate their experience, VIP tickets are available for $50, which provides priority seating, reserved parking, access to a VIP Lounge for a patron’s cocktail hour, and a special meet-and-greet with conductor Libor Ondras and composer of Terra Nostra, Christophe Changard. Limited VIP tickets available.

Please contact the Arts Center Box Office (906) 635-2787 or to reserve your VIP tickets.

Performance Information

April 22, 2023   |   6:30 PM

VIP Lounge opens at 5 PM   |   Box Office opens at 5:30 PM   |   Art Gallery opens at 5:30 PM   |   Doors open at 6 PM


Admission to the concert is free, which is made possible through the generosity of the LSSU Issues and Intellect Fund.

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Art Gallery

There will be an Art Gallery display themed around Earth and Mother-Nature. This showcase will include the LSSU’s Permanent Collection of Indigenous Art, an LSSU Student Government Art Competition, and a showcase of artwork from local and charter schools that have partnered with the Arts Center.


VIP & ADA parking will be in K-Lot, all others will be advised to use parking lots E with overflow into parking lots A & B.

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