Who grows the food that you eat? Are we fed by more than food alone? MPLS (imPulse) will close out our 4th season with Gardens are Prolific, a choral experience celebrating food, farming, and the communities who bring food to our tables. Music for this performance shares a connection to gardens, produce, and our role in earth sustainability.
The core of the MPLS (imPulse) mission is to foster novel collaborations unlikely in the traditional choral music scene. Collaborators for Gardens include Growing Lots Urban Farm and holistic health coach Alex Nyman Stalberger. In addition to music from the choir, audience members will plant their own sprouts with Growing Lots and learn more about their work in community supported agriculture (CSA). Stalberger will present a video demonstrating uses for produce from a CSA and how and why eating local positively impacts our bodies and our communities.
The performances will feature the world premiere of Michael Atwood’s The Gardener, commissioned for this performance by MPLS (imPulse) and New Music USA. Another premiere will feature local composer Jonathan Posthuma’s Heirloom Hallelujah, a new choral work with a text utilizing the names of over 160 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Other works include John Muehleisen’s Eat Your Vegetables and works by Steve Heitzeg, Dale Trumbore, Elizabeth Alexander, Frank Ticheli, Paul Carey, and Randi Grundahl Rexroth.