Former glacier inspires orchestral work

Okjökull first made international headlines when Rice anthropologists organized the first memorial service for a glacier lost to climate change.

Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe with the composer of "OK, Goodbye."

The former glacier Okjökull made international headlines in the summer of 2019 when Rice anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer organized the first memorial service for a glacier lost to climate change. Now, it has inspired an orchestral work. “OK, Goodbye,” composed by Marcus Maroney, had its world premiere Sept. 25 with the Houston chamber orchestra ROCO.

ROCO performs "OK, Goodbye."
Boyer, Howe and Maroney pose with a replica of the plaque installed on Ok mountain in Iceland at the former site of the Okjökull glacier. Photo credit: ROCO.
Boyer, Howe and Maroney pose with a replica of the plaque installed on Ok mountain in Iceland at the former site of the Okjökull glacier. Photo credit: ROCO.