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Anthony Jay Ptak Command Performance For Queen of Mars


More Theremin in Philly!

This Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm

Thirty Years of Film at International House in Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street) will be presenting a rare screening of the classic of Soviet cinema, "Aelita, Queen of Mars" with a live performance of the score by Gene Coleman for Theremin and ensemble featuring NYTS member Anthony Jay Ptak.

Anthony Jay Ptak

Thirty Years describes the movie:
Aelita, Queen of Mars follows radio engineer Los from Moscow to Mars and back again. After receiving a message from space, Los begins to wonder who sent it while Aelita watches him through a telescope. Once on Mars and with the support of Queen Aelita, Los leads a popular uprising against her father the king. Switching action from Russia to Mars, Aelita’s message may not be as revolutionary as it seems. It is not about Mars but life in Russia. While very popular at first, the film later fell out of favor with the Soviet government and was thus very difficult to see until after the Cold War period.

After the screening, there will be a theremin demonstration as well. And as an added bonus International House is about a two-minute walk from Charles Hobbs' "Trapped in Orbit" exhibit where you can see his handmade theremin and try one out for yourself.

Aelita was shown in Chicago the summer of 2006 with Professor J. Pierce at the theremin. It was spotted in the TW Forums then. Sure hope this film continues to get screened with live theremin.

Thanks Roz for the tip.