Aspen Music Festival And School

Special Event: The Science of Music: Organ 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
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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.

In the Middle Ages, the mechanical action pipe organ was actually the most complicated machine made by human beings, an amazing feat of engineering for that time. The organ at Aspen Community Church is one of the largest and finest on the whole Western slope. For the final Science of Music lecture, Alan Fletcher talks with an organist Joel Bacon and physicist and mathematician Hirosi Ooguri about the properties of sound, how organs were designed, how they work, and why they work the way they do. 

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

Hirosi Ooguri – Finishing his graduate study in two years, Ooguri became a tenured faculty member at the University of Tokyo in 1986. He was a member the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1988-89 and was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago before receiving his Ph.D. in 1989. After serving as an Associate Professor at Kyoto University for four years, he returned to the United States as a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley in 1994. He moved Caltech in 2000, where he is the inaugural holder of the Fred Kavli Chair. At Caltech, Ooguri served as the Deputy Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, equivalent of a Vice Dean of Physical Sciences. He led the establishment of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2014 and has been its Founding Director since then. Ooguri also helped establish the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) of the University of Tokyo in Japan in 2007. After serving as its Principal Investigator for 11 years, he became the Director in 2018. Ooguri has been a member of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2003. He served as the Scientific Secretary (2010-11), a Trustee (2011-16), and the President of the Center (2016-2019). Since 2021, he has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ooguri has received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, the Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics from the American Mathematical Society, the Simons Investigator Award from the Simons Foundation, the Hamburg Prize and the Humboldt Research Award in Germany, the Benjamin Lee Distinguished Professorship in Korea, and the Nishina Memorial Prize and the Chunichi Cultural Award in Japan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Mathematical Society.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO