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Science of Music

July 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This summer, the Aspen Science Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School bring back the popular Science of Music series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at the “enthusiastic novice.” No previous knowledge of physics or music theory is needed to enjoy these explorations.

Flutes made of reed and cane are among the oldest of all musical instruments; flutes made of wood, silver, and even gold create today’s shimmering tones. Longtime Aspen Music Festival and School artist-faculty member Nadine Asin discusses and demonstrates the subtleties of this fundamental instrument, including a “blind” listening experiment where the audience has a chance to test themselves on hearing the difference between flutes of different materials.

AMFS artist-faculty member John Zirbel will show how the harmonic theory of overtones dictates the structure of the French Horn and talk about acoustic challenges for orchestral players.

Moderated by AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

Note: AMFS passes can not be used for this collaboration with the Aspen Science Center.


July 28, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Jewish Community Center
435 W Main St
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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