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Artosphere at BGO

Tonight’s Artosphere performance will go on as scheduled at the garden!  The free outdoor concert begins at 6:00 pm.

Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, along with over 80 musicians from across the country, will bring an immersive and powerful musical experience to the garden on May 19 at 6:00 pm.

The Chicago-based group is returning to Northwest Arkansas to host an outdoor community performance as part of the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts & Nature Festival.

Third Coast will perform Inuksuit, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, who was inspired by the large stone structures in the Arctic that the Inuit people used for navigation. Adams composed rhythmic layers within his work to represent the structures. Sean Connors, Third Coast ensemble member & technical director, says this piece is at once an intricately structured concert work, a beautifully hypnotic sound installation, an interactive work of performance art and a communal music-making event like no other.

Third Coast will be accompanied by more than 80 musicians from 11 states, over 20 universities and colleges and several Northwest Arkansas public schools.

The piece is meant to be performed by percussionists widely dispersed in an outdoor area. Audience members will be able to weave in and out of the performers during the concert.

“Inuksuit is an incredible community event. It is not every day that you can gather a large group of people together that are all excited about making a truly groundbreaking piece of art. It is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the audience and the performers!” Connors said.

Picnics are welcome, please leave pets at home.

In the event of severe weather, the performance will be moved to the Walton Arts Center.