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A Cinematic and Musical Love Letter to Texas Coast Plays Heritage Center

By University Relations Staff
Living Coast

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Living Coast with Montopolis will combine film, music, and storytelling about the Texas Gulf Coast at the ninth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus. The Living Coast with Montopolis was rescheduled from its original September 2021 date.

WHAT: The Living Coast with Montopolis, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2022
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- General Public: $19 and up
- UD Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military, and Veterans: $14 and up
- UD Students: First ticket free; additional tickets $14 and up. Free UD student admission made possible by UD Student Government Association and UD Web of Life with additional support from the William P. Woodward Visiting-Artist-in-Residence Endowment
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.

This orchestra chamber rock group will provide the musical backdrop to a gorgeous cinematic experience with dynamic storytelling from Ben Hodges, PhD, a tenured professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Austin at Texas. Throughout The Living Coast with Montopolis, surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists will all share their stories about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible contradictions.

Montopolis is an indie chamber music group from Austin, Texas, that performs the works of composer Justin Sherburn. This is an engaging, multi-media event that combines live music with video and interactive storytelling meant to inspire people from all walks of life to consider how best to steward the land and the ocean for the next generation. The seven-piece ensemble performs an original score with members of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin's best country and rock musicians.

Hodges' research focuses on water flow and transport behavior in lakes, rivers, estuaries, and across the urban landscape. Using advanced 1D, 2D, and 3D models, his research team and collaborators seek to understand these complex systems, where uncertainty and spatial and temporal variability of landscape, rainfall, runoff, wind, and sunshine all play roles in the flow behavior.

The Living Coast with Montopolis is supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Tickets for The Living Coast with Montopolis can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at