Award-winning composer Margaret Brouwer and her Blue Streak Ensemble are scheduled to perform the oratorio Voice of the Lake about the plight of Lake Erie at an event during the NALMS 38th International Symposium in Cincinnati.

Voice of the Lake was inspired by the plight of Lake Erie’s reemerging issues with cultural eutrophication and harmful algal blooms. Voice even has an act centered on policy formulation and set in a public hearing involving relevant management agencies, congress, and a concerned public.

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time: 8 pm

Location: 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (near the hotel where the NALMS symposium is taking place and a beautiful performance space)

What’s an oratorio? The Grove Encyclopedia of Music defines “oratorio” as “an extended musical setting of… text made up of dramatic, narrative and contemplative elements.” More simply, an oratorio is quite a lot like a chorus-heavy opera, telling a narrative story set to music, but without all the elaborate sets, costumes, and stage acting.


“It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio.” - NPR’s Here & Now


Margaret Brouwer has earned critical accolades for her music’s lyricism, musical imagery and emotional power. Brouwer is continually in demand for new works, and recent commissions have come from major orchestras throughout the nation.




Consider a donation to support this free, public event

The “Voice of the Lake” performance will be part of a regular concert series that is free and open to the public, but this means that we cannot rely on ticket sales to cover the $7,000 cost of the event. Thus, our staging depends entirely upon fundraising to make it happen.

If you love lakes and music, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Blue Streak Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, for this unique opportunity to bring art and science together to raise awareness about lakes. We hope to secure needed funding by September 15, 2018. Every dollar counts! Donations of any size are appreciated.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Eugene Braig ( or Lisa Borre (