Science + Music

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Christ Church Preservation Trust
20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Philadelphia Science Festival

FREE, no registration required

Join Franklin Institute science educators, C.B. Fisk organ builders, and members of International Contemporary Ensemble as we explore the science of Christ Church's newly installed pipe organ!

Drop-in activities include opportunities to make and visualize musical sounds, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical-action pipe organ. The artists of International Contemporary Ensemble, in residence for our year-long project In Plain Air, will engage participants in setting up for a performance of composer Alvin Lucier's Sizzles—together we'll find locations in the Christ Church sanctuary where percussion instruments, layered with dried beans or grains or candy hearts, will vibrate sympathetically with the organ.
This youth and family-focused program runs from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Participants are invited to return for a free public performance of Sizzles at 7:00pm.

Major support for In Plain Air has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with additional support from Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Participating Partners

  • The Franklin Institute