Second Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Concert

Friday, April 22, 2011
5:00-7:00 PM
Memorial Union Rathskeller

Free and open to the public.

Come hear Nelson Institute musicians and others present a free concert of environmental music in honor of the 41st Earth Day.

5:00PM -- Nelson Institute doctoral student Chris Bocast and UW-Madison music student Emily Blessing will perform modern ambient music on electric guitar and keyboards, based on environmental compositions by the famed classical composer Claude Debussy.

6:00PM -- Madison "class-grass" ensemble Graminy (Chris Wagoner, fiddle; Shauncey Ali, fiddle and viola; Mary Gaines, cello and vocals; Chris Powers, guitar; and Nelson Institute faculty associate Michael Bell, mandolin) will perform ecologically inspired acoustic music that blends classical and bluegrass traditions.

The concert will conclude with a new piece for Earth Day by Bocast, Blessing, and Graminy.

To learn more about Chris Bocast and Emily Blessing's music, visit To learn more about Graminy's music, visit