Sounds rise from the ground at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

April 12, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Music was in the air outside Glensheen Mansion in Duluth Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't your typical concert.

The ambient performance featured 67 performers from eight area universities.

Performers dotted the grounds around Glensheen, playing in carefully measured spurts as concert–goers looked on.

The 75-minute piece — titled Inuksuit — is the brainchild of composer and environmental activist, John Luther Adams.

The music was inspired by the vast, windswept arctic landscape, and is intended to explore the relationship between humankind and nature.

"The idea is that the piece begins from nothing, just hearing the nature sounds that are around, which worked out really well here," said Tim Broscious, who is Instructor of Percussion for UMD, "and then, all of these sounds rise out of the nothing."

The Inuksuit performance was the final in a series featuring the work of composer John Luther Adams.

Al Skomars