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The Opera Singer and the Physicist

For Immediate Release:
October 01, 2005

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The Opera Singer and the Physicist

Physicist and Composer Dr. Brian Holmes and Soprano Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center
Saturday, October 8, 2pm at the Exploratorium
5pm Audiocast on Website (www.exploratorium.edu/dratomic)

Join physicist and composer Dr. Brian Holmes and soprano Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, at the Exploratorium on Saturday, October 8 at 2pm, to explore how the art and science of singing combine in opera. How do opera singers sing loud enough to be heard over an orchestra? Can an opera singer’s voice really break a wine glass? What's the difference between a baritone and a soprano? Discover the answers to these questions — and more — in this presentation for the whole family. This event is the latest in a string of collaborations between the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Opera, prompted by the staging of Doctor Atomic. This event is free with museum admission. After the event, the program will be available to listen to online or to download as an audio file.

Sheri Greenawald, San Francisco Opera Center Director, has had a distinguished international operatic singing career as a soprano, noted in particular for her enormous range of roles. She has sung featured roles with (among others) San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Venice’s La Fenice, the Munich State Opera, Paris’s Châtelet Theater, Welsh National Opera, Seattle Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, the Netherlands Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Naples’s Teatro San Carlos and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has worked with most of opera’s great conductors and directors, and she is featured on several recordings, including singing the title role of Blitztein’s Regina conducted by John Mauceri and recorded on Decca. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Greenawald completed the Professional Studies Program at the Juilliard School of Music and has received a Rockefeller Grant, NEA Grant, and was Seattle Opera Association’s Artist of the Year in 1998.

Brian Holmes is a professor of physics at San Jose State University, where he teaches a course on the physics of musical instruments. He has given over one hundred talks on the physics of musical instruments at schools and colleges all over the USA. A professional French horn player, Holmes has often concluded these talks by performing on natural horn, the predecessor of the modern valve horn. Holmes is also active as a composer, with numerous publications, commissions, and prizes to his credit.

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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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