Within a few hours, we were off to Mackey Auditorium to experience the Boulder Philharmonic. In an engaging presentation led by Michael Butterman, the maestro, and one of the CU science wizards, the orchestra explored the science of sound (pitch, volume, how sound is produced) and highlighted various sections of the orchestra thourgh demonstrations and pieces by Bizet, Bach, Prokofiev, and other composers.
Short videos of the demonstrations and pieces are posted here:
Bach (analyzing pitch with the whole orchestra)
Brahms (demonstrating sound produced by the strings)
Prokofiev (illustrating volume, watch the decibel meter)
Verdi (showcasing brass)
Marquez (demonstrating percussion)
Garden House French Horn