Aspen Music Festival And School

Special Event: The Science of Music: Harris Concert Hall Acoustics

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Co-presented with the Aspen Science Center
This presentation is made possible by the Gail and Alfred Engelberg Collaboration Fund and Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel
6:00 PM MT
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General Admission


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.

Note: AMFS passes are not valid for this collaboration. Tickets must be purchased separately.

Harry Teague – AIA is President, founder, and principal designer of Harry Teague Architects. Teague grew up in Alpine, New Jersey, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966, and has lived in Colorado since receiving his M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture in 1972. He began his architectural practice in 1975 as a designer/builder, and personally constructed his designs for the first seven years of his career. Since 1975 HTA’s diverse practice has produced many significant buildings for educational, cultural, and scientific institutions, as well as numerous award-winning residences. Teague was named AIA Colorado Architect of the Year in 2000, and Harry Teague Architects was named Firm of the Year by the AIA Colorado and the AIA Western Mountain Region in 1994 and 1995. In addition to working closely with many non-profits as their architect, Teague has served on several boards including, as board president, the International Design Conference in Aspen, Aspen Science Center, and Aspen Journalism. His work has been included in exhibitions and published internationally in magazines and books. He has lectured and taught throughout the country, served on numerous professional design award juries, and has received numerous local, state, and national design awards.

Dr. Elizabeth Cohen - is a Brooklyn-born California-based acoustician and engineer for the arts. She is known as a scholar of music perception, digital archiving, and advocate for music therapy. She was not only the first female president of the Audio Engineering Society, but also the first woman to serve on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technology Council. As an Acoustician, Elizabeth has made fundamental contributions to architectural acoustics and pitch perception. She led Cohen Acoustical Inc. for over 25 years providing acoustical design and technology assessment for clients including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CBS Television, Dolby Laboratories, Fraunhofer Labs, The Grateful Dead, NASA-Ames, Paramount, Sony, and Walt Disney Imagineering. She served for 5 years as the acoustician for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and as the lead acoustician for the Joan and Irving Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Colorado. She has designed numerous critical listening facilities for scoring, mixing, and screening. Cohen received her BA in Music and Physics from Bennington College studying instrument building with Gunnar Schonbeck and composition with Otto Luening, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Acoustics from Stanford University. During in college and early years in graduate school she interned and subsequently worked with Max Mathews and John R. Pierce in the Acoustical and Behavioral Research Center at Murray Hill.

Tickets will remain on hold for 30 minutes.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO