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Colloquium Lecture Recital
October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Professor Yumiko Oshima-Ryan presents a lecture-recital on pieces from “Our Planet Earth” by Karen Tanaka (b. 1961), one of the leading living composers from Japan.
“Lonesome George, in this piece, is the last remaining Pinta Island tortoise, one of the subspecies of Galapagos tortoises,” says Tanaka. “Galapagos once was a paradise of hundreds of thousands of tortoises. During the past few centuries, the population has been heavily depleted and some species have become extinct. It was believed that the Pinta tortoise had become extinct. However, in 1971 a scientist came across a solitary male tortoise on Pinta Island and he became known as “Lonesome George”.
George lived at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos chain till 2012. Tanaka continues:
“Humans who drove the Galapagos tortoise into extermination are also responsible for severely damaging our beautiful natural environment.” – AluAlu