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Drums of Earth: Earth-Shake in Spring

Cave Music

The concert's sounds, on ancient drums, gongs, and bells (plus melodic dulcimer, psaltery, flute and harp at appropriate moments), will symbolize the dynamics of change within the underlying earth and surrounding natural world on the day that transformed San Francisco and much of Northern California. The tranquility beforehand, the tremors, cataclysm and aftershocks, the succeeding quiet, chaos of aftermath and rebirth afterwards, will be represented in an improvisational, evocative style, intended to inspire contemplation of the power and mystery of nature.

David Auerbach has specialized in rare and ancient instruments for thirty years, and for the past twenty has performed nearly two hundred cave concerts in the California Wine Country, including "Carols in the Caves", "Cave of the Spirits" and "Cave of the Drums". The April 15 show is part of his recently introduced series of ancient drums in sacred spaces, that has included "Drums of Peace" and "Drums for the New Year" performances in other century-old churches.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 8 pm


First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St. (at Geary)
San Francisco, CA 94109


This performance will use music to remind us of the underlying and ever-changing activity within the earth that was the cause of the cataclysm and its resultant effects upon the natural world and life. It will encourage us to use our imagination to envision (in some cases, to remember) living through such an event and to understand its lesson about our place in the world and the universe.


General public. Ages 10 and over.

Volunteer Opportunities

Concert volunteers are welcome and needed!


Cave Music, (707) 224-4222

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