In Plain Air: Science & Music

27 Apr 2018
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Christ Church, 20 N. American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Opus 150, 1:16 model. Photo courtesy of C.B. Fisk, Inc.

In conjunction with it's Center-supported project, In Plain Air, Christ Church Preservation Trust brings together members of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Franklin Institute science educators, and organ builders to explore the science of Christ Church's newly installed pipe organ. 

Presented during the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, drop-in activities will include opportunities for the public to make and visualize musical sounds, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical-action pipe organ. The artists of ICE, in residence for the year-long project, will engage participants in setting up for a performance of composer Alvin Lucier's Sizzles by finding locations in the Christ Church sanctuary where percussion instruments, layered with dried beans or grains or candy hearts, will vibrate sympathetically with the organ. The public is invited to return for a free performance of Sizzles at 7 p.m.