Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Welcomes Bridge Music
Now through March
Musically, a bridge connects one part of a composition with another, but for Poughkeepsie-born musician Joseph Bertolozzi, a bridge - in this case the Mid Hudson Bridge in Dutchess County - became the instrument. Bertolozzi literally “played” the bridge, using it as the world’s largest percussion instrument. Bridge Music was created by recording the sounds of bridge’s surfaces (guard rails, girders, etc.) when struck with various mallets and using those sounds to compose new works.
You can listen to Bertolozzi’s compositions at stations on the bridge itself and two parks flanking the bridge, but now thanks to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum you don’t have to brave the inclement weather to experience these unique sounds. From now through March, the Museum has a Bridge Music listening station set up near a window overlooking the Mid Hudson Bridge. At an associated interactive exhibit, children can make their own music from tubes, pans and other found objects.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
75 North Water Street