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  • Music for the Afterlife

    Workshops & Activities, Performances, and part of Family Fun Day, Tomb Treasures

    May 07

    Free with museum admission

    11 AM—12 PM

    North Court

    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”).   

    The 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 May 7, the two ensembles will join forces with the Cornelius Cardew Choir to perform composer Brenda Hutchinson’s work “Last Words,” an inquiry and meditation that asks what we want to take with us to the afterlife — and what we want to leave behind. 

    Guests of all ages are invited to join the orchestra by building their own instruments from everyday objects in the Education Studios: You can construct a soda straw oboe or boba straw pan pipes that can be tuned to the ancient scales of the bronze bells. 

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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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