This fall, the Cable Natural History Museum will host a concert featuring the writings of two of the world’s great naturalists, John Muir and Sigurd Olson, intertwined with the “nature-forged” chamber music of Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah and Warren Nelson.  

The concert will take place at the Cable Community Centre in Cable Saturday, Nov. 9. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 2 p.m. It will consist of two 45-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling the Cable Natural History Museum at (715) 798-3890, or online at 

The trio of prominent musicians, now in their 25th year together, have 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.” They describe the musical landscape of the program as a place where classical, Celtic and New Music beautifully collide, blending the sounds of cello, guitar, voice and narration.  

The Chance Ensemble, composed of Willett and Leah, recently completed the 61st performance of their program, which now has played across 12 states in the U.S. and in Europe. Warren Nelson, an author, storyteller, songsmith and recording artist, has recently been focused on bringing together two of his lifelong loves — music and the natural world.

John Muir, often venerated as father of the national parks and associated with Yosemite National Park in California, first settled in Wisconsin after emigrating from Scotland in 1849 with his family. Just 11 years old, he spent time swimming, picking wild strawberries and riding horses. It was in a favorite meadow that his conservation ethic began to develop. One of his most famous passages, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe,” is part of the inspiration behind Museum Naturalist Emily Stone’s Natural Connections newspaper column. 

Sigurd Olson, author of “The Singing Wilderness” and protector of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, attended Northland College in Ashland. While there, he traveled by train to Seeley to court Elizabeth Uhrenholdt, daughter of a local farmer and logger. Olson also wrote the introduction to “Wayside Wanderings,” a booklet of nature writing by the Cable Natural History Museum’s founding director, Lois Nestel.

The Cable Natural History Museum connects people to Northwoods nature through experiences that promote wonder, discovery and responsibility. Since 1967, its unique programs have enlivened the community. Their current annual exhibit is “Pollinator Power,” and the new Curiosity Center is sparking the imaginations of kids and adults alike. Visit for more programming for all ages. 


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