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Sylvan Sounds: Embracing Nature’s Symphony at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

In the heart of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, amidst towering redwoods and the tranquil embrace of nature, a unique harmony unfolded as around 150 park visitors gathered for the inaugural Sylvan Sounds performance series. Hosted by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods in collaboration with California State Parks, this event provided an evening of musical enchantment woven seamlessly with the natural world.

The spotlight of the evening belonged to The Acorn MusEcology Project, a renowned Sonoma County chorus dedicated to celebrating nature through music. Led by the talented duo of music director Sarah Saulsbury Dupre and creative director Robin Eschner, the chorus took center stage at the Forest Theater, captivating the audience with their ethereal melodies and profound message.

Under the theme “In Common Silence,” The Acorn MusEcology Project beckoned attendees to embrace a moment of quiet reflection together. This theme encouraged visitors to immerse themselves in the music and the sounds of the forest, fostering a deeper connection to their surroundings and enhancing their observational skills. Songs were crafted around themes of butterflies, wildflowers, and the art of listening, transporting listeners to a realm where the boundary between music and nature blurred. Each note seemed to resonate with the rustling of leaves and the whispers of the wind, creating an immersive experience that echoed the spirit of Armstrong Redwoods.

As twilight descended upon the forest, the audience departed with hearts full and spirits uplifted. The Sylvan Sounds performance series had not only entertained but had also deepened the community’s appreciation for the intersection of music and nature. It served as a reminder of the importance of preserving places like Armstrong Redwoods State Park, where such magical moments can continue to inspire and connect us to the world around us.

For those who missed this enchanting evening, the Sylvan Sounds series promises more opportunities to experience the harmonious blend of music and nature in the months to come. As we look forward to future performances, let us carry with us the echoes of “In Common Silence” – a melody of unity, reverence, and the enduring power of nature’s symphony.