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St. Stephen’s concert combines music, nature to benefit marine-science center

The trickle of water, the trill of a bird, the whoops and bellows of feeding humpback whales. Songs about nature and the sounds of the natural world will combine to create a unique Earth Day concert on April 21 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere.


Billed as “Ecomusicology: Exploring our Environment through Sound,” the concert is a collaboration between the musicians of St. Stephen’s and the scientists at the San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, said St. Stephen’s music director Brad Schultz.


“I want to invite the neighborhood in for a musical event that helps us think about the natural world and our place in it,” Schultz said. “No matter where you stand in terms of religion, everyone can likely resonate with a sacred experience in nature, and this is a concert that celebrates that. “


The concert will feature choral and instrumental works by classic and contemporary composers as well as a sound installation created by acoustic ecologist Anne Simonis, and soundscape designer Ken Pearce.

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