This event is part of ClimateKeys, a glocal initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October & November 2017 to raise public engagement with CoP23, the 2017 UN climate talks taking place in November. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating in performances that include a conversation with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and expert speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys. More concerts are being planned through 2018.

19 November 2017
West Palm Beach, Florida

“In 2017 Climate change got real: fish swimming the streets of Miami, super storms and hurricanes in the Northeast, drought and “rain bombs” in the rest of the USA. Climate change is here. As a scientist, I work objectively to interpret data. Facts demonstrate that climate change is real and that it is caused by our industrial behavior. Objective methodologies create recommendations for changing our collective behaviors to keep our families, streets, and communities strong. As a physician, subjective efforts are key; behavior modification is essential for preventing and curing disease. We have many subjective methods in medicine to help patients change behaviors to improve health. Some of those tools might be used to fight the cancer of our world: climate change. Art is sublime and a therapeutic modality to help us understand and improve the health of ourselves, our communities, and our world. In collaboration with the Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra, we will share our concerns and solutions using art to alleviate the consequences of climate change. The Norton Museum will host a special exhibition “Earth Works” forming the center of our conversation.” (Dr John Strasswimmer)

Norton Museum

1451 S. Olive S. Avenue

West Palm Beach

Florida FL 33401

Tickets: Free entry

"The tides are much higher in Florida than they used to be, especially in Miami. Even conservatives are talking about climate change. The winter tides in the beaches of southern Brazil, where I’m from, are flooding the streets in cities such as Santos. We’ve included specific music in our programme as a way to engage the audience; we expect people from all ages and backgrounds to come.” (PIANO DUO BEZERRA-GASTESI)


Join Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra for piano duets inspired by the environment. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Earth Works, the concert features works by composers Michel Lysight, Ricardo Tacuchian, Lola Perrin, and Fabio Mengozzi. Dr. John Strasswimmer leads a brief, related discussion of current climate issues before the final selections from Claude Debussy’s La Mer.

Internationally acclaimed Duo Gastesi-Bezerra has delighted audiences with exciting programs of traditional and contemporary music. Billed by the American Record Guide, as “a strong combination, playing very well together — often indistinguishable,” pianists Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra are staunch supporters of new music. In recognition of their mission, the duo has been awarded the Encore Grant by the American Composers Forum and the Gene Gutchë Performance Incentive Fund by the Schubert Club. Performances of the duo have been broadcast on National Public Radio station WXEL (Palm Beach), Rádio Cultura (Brazil), Radio Ona Mallorca (Spain), Radio Nacional de España (Radio Clásica), and Radio Beograd (Serbia). Engagements include appearances at Fundação Maria Luiza e Oscar Americano in São Paulo, Brazil; a concert of Brazilian music sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia; and a concert of French impressionistic and American post-modern piano duets at the Les Arts George V concert series in Paris. They were featured at Festival Virtuosi de Gravatá (Brazil) and twice at the Festival de Inverno de Guaranhuns (FIG-Brazil), and they collaborated with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, performing eight new works from Alabama composers to critical acclaim. Most recently, they performed three children’s concerts with members of the Palm Beach Symphony and premiered 2 new piano concerti by Piotr Lachert and Justin Rubin with the PBAU Symphony.Duo Gastesi-Bezerra is the official piano-duo-in-residence of Palm Beach Atlantic University, for more information about their activities, please visit www.duogastesibezerra.com

Guest speaker: Dr John Strasswimmer