April 4, 2022
Annie Crawley photographs a humpback whale

“[Annie Crawley’s] passion for oceans led the scuba diver to become an author, advocate — and collaborator with Central Florida composer Stella Sung on the orchestral piece ‘Oceana.’ The work, which incorporates actual marine-animal sounds, highlights the pollution challenges faced by the world’s water. It will be performed in the Dr. Phillips Center’s Steinmetz Hall as part of this year’s UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.”

“When Stella asked me, I said, ‘Yes, yes, yes, 100 times over,’” says Crawley, who is based in Washington state. Crawley created a film that accompanies the 13-minute work and complements the music while visually introducing the audience to an underworld world.”

“She has been tweaking her film with updated images since the 2018 premiere so the Orlando audience will be the first to see this version. She also has continued her travel, documenting both destruction and beauty.”

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