f the great inland grass sea that was the North American prairie, one percent remains in its original form. But even diminished, drained of water, sown with corn and soybeans, decimated of bison, tugged apart by towns, highways and railroads, the prairie pulls at your heart. Its subtle beauty evokes wonder. You notice animals, insects, blooming flowers, the four strong winds, strange landforms, ancient lakebeds. You ask: Why is this here? What happened?

The Prairie Cantata is a meditation on the natural history, geography and geology of the Great Plains for chorus and nyckelharpa by composer Marya Hart. This work is supported by the artist-in-residence program of Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

The Prairie Cantata will be premiered in by the MState Chamber Chorale under the direction of Teresa Ashworth on November 17, at 3pm at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Admission is free, donations freely accepted.

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center will host a pre-concert nature walk at 12:30 p.m.

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