Four nervous-looking college students pick up their bows and start into a song at the botton of their range. As the string quartet plays, the music gets higher pitched. It dips and peaks, but you can still hear it building. By the end of the song, one of the violins is struggling to hit the high notes.
Daniel Crawford, a soon to be senior geography major at the University of Minnesota, composed the song, called “Planetary Bands, Warming World,” to trace the rise of Northern Hemisphere temperatures since the 1880s. Four students from the music department—Julian Maddox, Jason Shu, Alastair Witherspoon and Nigel Witherspoon—performed the song.