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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Common Chords: Bemidji

Headwaters Science Center

It’s probably the first performance the Minnesota Orchestra brass players have ever done situated between an Inventor’s Workshop and a Bicycle Gyroscope. But it turned out to be the ideal setting to uncover the science of sound with young listeners at Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center, an inventive hands-on environment for students to learn about science.

Our Brass Quintet—Douglas Carlsen, Robert Dorer, Herb Winslow, Kari Sundström and Steven Campbell—played music ranging from classical to the blues, offered an early introduction to harmonics and answered questions from the crowd. How long would a horn be if it were unrolled? Says Herb Winslow: about 22 feet for a double horn.