Austin-based Montopolis will present a multimedia love letter to the Texas Gulf Coast region at the Texas Theatre. Photos courtesy of Montopolis.

Feb. 14, 2020

An Austin-based band will be bringing alive the Texas coast in Dallas next month.

Montopolis, a multi-media performing group, presents The Living Coast on March 22 at the Texas Theater. Tickets are $20.

The evening is sponsored by Green Source DFW and its parent nonprofit, the Memnosyne Institute, along with the Dallas Sierra Club.

Great Blue Heron from the Living CoastThe show weaves live music, narration and imagery to create a mediation on the Texas Gulf Coast's environmental landscape.

The performance features the music of Montopolis, an orchestral rock group that includes members of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Okkervil River, and the Polyphonic Spree, along with film by Anlo Sepulveda, and archival photography of the Great Galveston Hurricane, the deadliest storm in U.S. history.

“Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories in interviews about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry and incredible contradictions,” reads the show’s description.

According to Justin Sherburn, Montopolis director, the show was a natural progression after having created works on other iconic Texas landscapes, including Enchanted Rock and Big Bend.

“A cinemaphotographer I had worked with on a previous show was from the Corpus Christie area," said Sherburn, a Fort Worth native. "He knew all the places to go. He's a surfer. And so he was really instrumental in pushing us in that direction to do the Coast show."

Montopolis performed The Legend of Big Bend at the Green Source DFW Awards show in November.

“Their previous performance was very well received and the new show promises to be even better,” said Wendel Withrow, Green Source DFW director. “It will be a great kick off to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! You don't want to miss this masterful combination of original music , great photography and environmental concern.”

The Living Coast

About: A multi-media live performance by the Austin-based ensemble Montopolis, featuring photographs, stories, history, biology and poetry showcasing the beauty of the Gulf Coast ecology. The evening is sponsored by Green Source DFW and its parent nonprofit, the Memnosyne Institute, along with the Dallas Sierra Club.

When: March 22, 2020

Where: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd, Dallas

Tickets: $20.




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