Aspen Music Festival And School

The Science of Music: Percussion Instruments

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With special thanks to Michael Klein and Joan Fabry

Aspen Community Church
5:00 PM

General Admission


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Tickets will remain in cart for 30 minutes.

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.

Percussion instruments may be our oldest musical instruments, but they have never been the subject of scientific study until recently. Recent studies strive to understand how these instruments vibrate to produce different sounds and how listeners perceive these sounds. Cynthia Yeh, principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and AMFS artist-faculty member, speaks to the unique timbres of percussion instruments and the science behind the creation of those sounds. This event continues Science of Music’s series of discussions focused on different musical instruments, the fascinating science underlying them, and a discussion of the quality of various instruments.

This event is moderated by AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

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

Also see:
The Science of Music: Concert Hall Acoustics, July 26
The Science of Music: Music and Memory, August 2

Tickets will remain on hold for 30 minutes.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO