A Narrative Concert - April 25
Jill Rennicke, Meeting Planner

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to COVID-19. 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (occurring earlier in the week) with a performance that combines music and the writings of two of the country's most influential conservationists. Enjoy dinner at 5:00 p.m. with the program to follow at 6:00 p.m. Dinner reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 22nd. Tickets for the program will be sold at the door.  Click here for dinner reservations. 

Join us for a concert featuring the writings of two of the world's great naturalists, John Muir and Sigurd Olson, intertwined with the music of Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah (a.k.a. "Chance") and the songwriting of Warren Nelson.  This trio of prominent musicians now in their 25th year together has brought under one roof the best of their two programs: Willett and Leah's "John Muir - University of the Wilderness" and Warren Nelson's "Song for the Wild".

Warren Nelson is one of Wisconsin's most accomplished and celebrated songwriters.  He's an author, storyteller, songsmith and recording artist. Mr. Nelson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Superior for his contributions to the cultural life of Wisconsin and the region and was also elected a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, recognizing his role as a folk historian/musician.  He was commissioned by both the state of Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota to tell their stories during their statehood anniversary celebrations and more recently, he's turned his attentions to bringing together two of his lifelong loves - music and the natural world.

Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah through narration, song and Muir's writings take the listener on a journey beginning with Muir's childhood in Scotland, moving on to his young life in Wisconsin, and then finally to his profound and influential experiences in the great Sierra Nevada Mountains.  They recently completed their 61st performance of their program which now has played across 12 states in the U.S. and in Europe.  Upon attending one of their California performances, world-renowned Muir historian William Swagerty wrote the following.  "It really is the best live musical performance on a Muir theme that I have heard and deserves the wide audience and acclaim that it is presently enjoying."

 - W. R. Swagerty - Director, John Muir Center - University of the Pacific 

Photo contributed by The Chance Ensemble