Narrative concert at Alhambra High to celebrate Muir

“We hear only woodpeckers and squirrels and the rush of turbulent streams. But imagination gives us the sweet music of tiniest insect wings, enables us to hear, all round the world, the vibration of every needle, the waving of every bole and branch, the sound of stars in circulation like particles in the blood.” – John Muir

Just imagine – you are taking a musical journey through the woods, with the writings of John Muir! A dazzling landscape of sound surrounds you, excites you to follow around the next bend, and delivers you to an even deeper appreciation for one of our planet’s most influential figures.

John Muir – University of the Wilderness is a “narrative concert” which intertwines the music of the American ensemble “Chance,” and the writings of Scottish-born naturalist John Muir. His words are celebrated, reflected upon, and reinforced by a nature-forged musical score that is described as “a place where contemporary, classical, and Celtic music beautifully collide.”

“Our goal in the creation of this performance,” explains Ed Willett, cellist and Music Director of the Chance Ensemble, “was to reflect the multidimensional nature of Muir, his indomitable spirit, his daring and adventurous nature, the beauty and humor of the man. We hope that audiences will join us in celebrating the enormous impact that John Muir has had on the entire world.”

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Chance Ensemble will present this narrative concert in honor of the 2016 centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. at Alhambra High School, 150 E St., Martinez. No reservations are required. A donation of $5 is requested in support of the John Muir Association, which coordinates the John Muir Birthday/Earth Day and Mountain Day Camp events each year.

For more information, call the John Muir NHS Visitor Center at (925) 228-8860, or visit the park website at

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