Posted at: 12/04/2012 11:54 AM
A Wisconsin cave became an echoing music chamber over the weekend.
For six years now, carolers have descended into the Cave of the Mounds to sing Christmas favorites. Joe Klimczak, the cave's general manager, said the event raises money for charity and gives local musicians an unusual venue.
"We had known about the wonderful acoustics in here because of the shape of the ceiling and the rock and just a happy mystery of nature," Klimczak said.
"The first time I heard music in here, there was a group of tourists that were traveling that happened to be a singing group. And they noticed the acoustics just from the tour guide talking, myself, and did a little impromptu concert -- one in the back passage ways. And we thought, 'Wow!' Having the big voices, really resonate, it's just a wonderful, natural cathedral we've got here underground."
Cave of the Mounds, which is near Blue Mounds in southern Wisconsin, was sealed off an unknown to humans until 1939.
There are no more performances scheduled this year, but the cave is open for tours all winter. More information is available at www.caveofthemounds.com.
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