Performances at 12 and 2 pm. Seating is limited to 30 per performance; standing room only beyond that. First come, first served. During the special exhibition Tomb Treasures, local instrument inventor group Pet the Tiger will team up with Gamelan Encinal, a musical ensemble, for a presentation featuring three centuries of instrument building. Custom-built instruments by musician Bart Hopkin, designed with the same tuning as the Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells, create a contemporary “orchestra” (or “gamelan”). Each performance features percussion and wind instruments in rearrangements of traditional gamelan melodies, the graphic score of “Yantra Meditation” by local composer David Samas, and new compositions for special guest artists.
On March 19, local instrument inventor Peter Whitehead performs haunting melodies for voice and overtone flute. Guests of all ages are invited to join the orchestra by building their own instruments from everyday objects in the Education Studios from 11 AM–2 PM. Construct a soda straw oboe or boba straw pan pipe that can be tuned to the ancient scales of the bronze bells.
Support for Family Fun Days is provided by The Hearst Foundations, Inc., The Charles D. and Frances K. Field Fund, The Sato Foundation, The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, and Dodge & Cox.
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