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Natural History Museum of Utah exploring the science of sound through Jan. 5
First Published Dec 27 2012 10:20 am • Last Updated Dec 27 2012 10:20 am

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center is exploring the science of sound at a special series offered now through Jan. 5.

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"A lot of people have extra time off at this time of year," says Paulmichael Maxfield, Museum gallery programs coordinator, in a press release. "The Museum offers a wonderful way for families to spend time together. For just the regular price of admission, children and adults alike can enjoy activities that celebrate and explore sound and the natural world in a fun and educational way."

"Ears-on" activities will be offered throughout the Museum.

For example:

• In the Naturalist Lab, visitors can investigate the sounds of Utah as they play a game to match animals and habitats with western soundscapes,

• In the Canyon, visitors can contribute to a community art piece by listening to soundscapes and drawing what they hear,

• In the Earth Lab, on January 5, visitors will be able to make a spectrogram of their own voice and discover how research on animal voices helps us understand the human voice with researchers from The National Center for Voice and Speech.

• On January 5, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the human voice as artists from Utah Opera fill the Canyon with songs from their upcoming production "Florencia en el Amazonas" in short performances at 1 and 3 p.m.


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After the performances, the artists will be available to answer questions about their voices.

The Natural History Museum of Utah is located at 301 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City. For more information visit www.nhmu.utah.edu.



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