Muir's words may become music to your ears
ZUMBROTA — The words of naturalist John Muirare put to music in the Chance quartet'sperformance Saturday.
The program, "John Muir, University of the Wilderness,"begins at 7:30 p.m. in the State Theatre,88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
Chance is a quartet comprised of a cellist, violinist, vocalist and an actor; cellist and composer Ed Willettand vocalist Cheryl Leahcreated a "narrative concert" celebrating the life and writings of a man whose Wisconsin homestead was 20 miles from Willett's own childhood home.
The quartet also includes violinist Liesel Wilson. The show's musical landscape is described as a place where contemporary, classical and Celtic music beautifully collide.
Actor Thomas Clyde Mitchell, the production's purveyor of Muir's words, takes listeners on a journey from Muir's childhood in Scotland to his young life in Wisconsin and finally to his profound and influential experiences in the great Sierra Nevada Mountains. What is revealed are the undercurrents and influences that helped create one of the world's great naturalists and forged his legacy that lives on in his Sierra Club and in his role in history as the father of our national park system.
The performance is sponsored by the Sierra Club and by the Minnesota Land Trust, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and Isaak Walton League.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com , call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at Carnegie at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.