Join Thomas Wiewandt, natural history media producer/owner of Wild Horizons Productions, and intern/editor Jeffrey Cravath, for the premiere of their immersive desert listening experience, Sounds of the Sonoran Desert: From Dusk Until Dawn, on May 9, from 6 to 9pm. Creature voices have always been our window to the wild, and the producer hopes that this experience will motivate others to protect what’s left of our dwindling desert soundscapes. The event at Tucson’s historic Fox Theatre will include the program, beginning at 7pm, followed by Q&A. Attendees can explore lobby exhibits from local conservation and arts organizations before and after the program.
The 41-minute audio experience is a relaxing and realistically designed dusk-until-dawn compilation of desert sounds—ranging from crickets and coyotes to nighthawks and toads—without narration or music. To keep your senses focused on listening, only atmospheric visuals will appear on-screen, such as a late afternoon desert skyscape with moving clouds followed by sunset fading to darkness, moonrise, clouds hiding the moon or nighttime lightning flashes as a storm approaches.
This project grew from Wiewandt’s more than 40 years of field and recording experience, beginning in graduate school at UofA and Cornell, followed by projects for the BBC and National Geographic. Independently, he produced DESERT DREAMS, now in its eighth year as a fundraising program on PBS.Cost: $15; $50 for VIP. Location: Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St, Tucson. For more information, visit WildHorizons.com. To purchase tickets, visit FoxTucson.com/event/sounds-of-the-desert or Fox Theatre’s box office.