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Sunday November 15 | 2 PM
The Mount | Lenox, MA
Inside the Met's Instrument Collection with
Curator Ken Moore

Ken Moore

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM's collection of musical instruments includes approximately 5,000 examples from six continents and the Pacific Islands, dating from 300 B.C. to the present, and illustrating the development of musical instruments from all cultures and eras. KEN MOORE, the Frederick P. Rose Curator of Musical Instruments, will share information about this extraordinary collection and its storied history. Since 1990, he has advocated the application of contextual display methods of non-European instruments and developed educational performance programs that emphasize world music cultures. Outside the Metropolitan, he has made pioneering studies of the music of the Snake Handler cult in West Virginia. Woven into the talk is the story of how, at the end of the 19th century, a forward-thinking woman founded a comprehensive collection of musical instruments rivaling any in the world.

$15.00 includes light refreshment


Sunday May 22 | 2 PM
Basilica Hudson | Hudson, NY
Making Waves | Sounds of the Future

EDGAR CHOUEIRI is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and also heads the school’s 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics Lab. An avid audiophile and acoustician, over the last decade he has dedicated his time to the development, application, and refinement of a revolutionary, groundbreaking system of audio recording that captures lifelike 3D audio in picture-perfect fidelity. With his binaural audio set-up, he will demonstrate—in Basilica Hudson’s post-industrial raw and resonant space—how the brain is tricked into believing the performance being heardis actually live, and not recorded. Binaural recording systems are unique because they emulate the workings of the human head. Prepare to be fooled, says Choueiri: "You can hear a bird flying over your head. You’ll hear a whisper in one ear.”

$15.00 includes light refreshment

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