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SUNY-ESF and SSO to Perform Duet of Engineering and Music

Featuring ESF's Dr. George H. Kyanka


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — What does wood products engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have in common with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra?

Both are instrumental in producing beautiful music.

Dr. George H. Kyanka, chair of the Faculty of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering, and Ernest Muzquiz of the SSO, will present "The Marriage of Art and Engineering: The Marimba as Wood Product and Musical Instrument" on Feb. 8 at 12:20 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of Marshall Hall as part of the college's 6th Annual Symposium on Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Kyanka will provide a brief historical overview of the marimba, the wood used and the physics behind the instrument. Muzquiz will put those theories into practice with a live performance.

The marimba is a member of the xylophone family and what better instrument to illustrate the relationship between wood products engineering and music than one whose name comes from the Greek, “the sound of wood."