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Fun Fact: How many calories are burned per hour while playing the violin?

Julia Bushkova, prof of violinEighteen award-winning violinists will be on stage in the Music Building Recital Hall for the free Welcome to Bushkovia:ViolUNTi concert at 8 p.m. March 10. The performers are winners of national and international awards and have been brought together by Julia Bushkova, right, associate professor of violin.

The performers will be joined by alumni now playing with the Dallas and Fort Worth symphony orchestras and with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and by a chamber orchestra comprised of UNT string musicians.

There will be lots of musical firepower, and lots of energy. How many calories are burned per hour while playing a violin?

A. 170, about the same as walking at 2 mph

B. 511, similar to cross country skiing

C. 730, rope jumping

D. 292, water aerobics

The correct answer is A: 170. When InHouse searched for violin facts and history, we found many personal and business sites devoted to the charms of the violin. All noted that a hearty session of violining can burn 170 calories per hour, which is about the same as a brisk stroll across campus. The Mayo Clinic notes that walking 2 mph burns about 183 calories per hour.

Bushkova organized the stringed instrument showcase which features faculty, staff and alumni, including Filip Fenrych, Maria Romero, Lucas Scalamogna, Szemoke Jobbagy, Ania Bard, Thao Huynh, Caitlin Whitehose, Heng-Chen Tsai, Lindsey Schaller and Kevin Smith.

violinEnter to win a UNT T-shirt to wear while you exercise or listen to violins or do both, and to wear on Green Pride Fridays when the campus shows its Mean Green spirit by donning green attire.

Send an e-mail to InHouse with “Violins” in the subject line by 5 p.m. March 11. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

Posted on: Tue 08 March 2011

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