The Lost Civilization is a journey into the future. 2107 to be exact. The place is right here on earth. The people are our great grandchildren and the world has changed remarkably. Why? Because we, our present generation struck the final deadly blow to the earth and its environment.
But the future generations will come to the earth’s rescue. Nature and its processes will be king. The earth will become sacred with no waste. Cities will function like forests and everything from computers to cars to clothes will either be totally recyclable or biodegradable. And during this journey to the future, we will understand why future generations refer to our generation as The Lost Civilization.
The work is for an actor, vocal chorus, multiple vocal soloists, concert band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble and electronic music ensemble. It can be performed as a theatrical work or in a concert version.
The work was commissioned by Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, VT and premiered there March 14 & 15, 2007. The dramatic content of the work was inspired by the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.