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Learn the science behind sound and music at Avon event

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The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet plays at Walking Mountain's Science Behind Sound on July 22. Audiences can hear world-class music while learning about the role of physics in music.

AVON — Summer in the valley includes a plethora of activities from hiking to fishing, star gazing to music festivals. As you spread out your blanket on the grass and settle in for an evening of live music enjoyment, do you wonder how music and physics are related or how nature and math inspire composers and musicians?

Join Walking Mountains Science Center, in collaboration with Bravo! Vail, for the Science Behind Sound: Forces of Nature, Forces or Nurture, featuring the internationally renowned Donald Sinta saxophone quartet for a night of lively music, science and community engagement. With a special focus on composer Roger Zare, whose music takes inspiration from science, nature, mathematics and mythology, family audiences will have fun exploring the role physics plays in music. Ronald DeLyser, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Denver, will be on board to excite your curiosity and enhance your understanding.

Since forming in November 2010, The Donald Sinta Quartet has quickly achieved international attention for their recitals, concerto performances, completely memorizing presentation and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers. Hailing from across the country, the quartet is named for legendary University of Michigan saxophone professor Donald Sinta, the group's mentor.

Equally committed to education and community engagement, the quartet has presented clinics, workshops and performances at numerous high schools, colleges and universities. Its repertoire spans centuries and encompasses the great string quartet repertoire of Dvorak, Schubert and Shostakovich, as well as numerous saxophone standards and several new commissions and premieres by today's emerging young composers.

Professor DeLyser will encourage participants to explore the nature and behavior of sound waves, sound properties, the physics of musical instruments and how we interpret sound. All ages are welcome for an evening of listening and learning.

IF YOU GO …

What: The Science Behind Sound.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Cost: $5 donation.

More information: Space is limited, please visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register.