Coolidge Corner Theatre to Feature THEREMIN

Posted: 12/31/2008 2:35:16 PM
lonescribe

Joined: 12/31/2008

The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA presents THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY, the 1994 documentary about the unique electronic instrument and the strange life of its inventor and namesake, Leon Theremin, on Monday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Before the film, MIT Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover will discuss his pioneering work as a composer and inventor of new technologies for music. This program will also feature a performance by orchestral thereminist Dalit Hadass Warshaw, a faculty member in the composition/theory department at the Boston Conservatory who has studied with Clara Rockmore.

Tickets are available in advance online at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline, MA.

For more details, visit the website or call 617/734-2500.

Posted: 12/31/2008 4:33:55 PM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Thank you lonescribe for putting on this event and helping spread World Thereminization!

Hope you have a great turn out, and please let us know how it goes.

Do you have and play a theremin yet yourself?
If not you may get hooked after this!

Welcome to ThereminWorld!
Posted: 1/4/2009 8:15:27 PM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Here's a slightly longer description of the event...

As part of its popular Science on Screen series, the Coolidge Corner Theatre presents THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY, the 1994 documentary about the unusual electronic instrument and the strange life of its inventor and namesake Leon Theremin, on Monday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Before the film, MIT Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover will discuss his pioneering work as a composer and inventor of new technologies for music. Machover will also be on hand for Q&A after the movie. In addition, this program will feature a short performance by orchestral thereminist Dalit Hadass Warshaw, a faculty member in the composition/theory department at the Boston Conservatory.

Leon Theremin made music as unusual as the life he lived. In 1918, using newly discovered vacuum-tube technology, the Russian-born scientist invented a musical instrument unlike any the world had seen before: one that utilizes electronic oscillation to produce its sound and is played entirely without human contact. Theremin toured the United States and Europe giving public recitals, and became the toast of New York City's artists and intellectuals during the roaring '20s. But in 1938, at the height of his promising career in the U.S., Theremin mysteriously disappeared. Decades later, it was discovered he had been abducted by KGB agents and interred in a Russian prison camp to be "rehabilitated."

Over the years, the ethereal, otherworldly sounds of the theremin became the backdrop to scores of science fiction and horror films (particularly in the ‘50s), and have inspired numerous musicians, from the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson to synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. Director Steven Martin's documentary, THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY, deftly explores the remarkable story of Theremin the man, and traces the lasting influence of his work. "Leon Theremin pioneered the idea of the artist as scientist," Martin said of his film in a Billboard magazine interview. "I just want to see the creative journey of a great man come full circle." (1994, 1h23m)

While there have been no KGB abductions in his background (at least not that we know of), Tod Machover is himself a remarkable figure in the worlds of music and technology. He has pioneered many new technologies for music, most notably his Hyperinstruments that use smart computers to augment musical expression and creativity. He has designed Hyperinstruments for some of the world's greatest musicians, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public, for children, and for use in a variety of healthcare contexts. In addition, the video game sensation GUITAR HERO was invented by two of Machover’s students, growing out of technology developed in his Lab.

Machover is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation. His music has been acclaimed for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, offering a unique synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound. Machover’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and soloists. His latest opera, SKELLIG, garnered rave reviews and standing ovations at its UK premiere performances in November 2008. Machover has been professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab since it was founded in 1985, and is also Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge presents a feature film or documentary with a basis in science, paired with exciting introductions by notable scientific figures. This monthly series is co-presented by The Museum of Science and New Scientist magazine.

Science on Screen programs are $9.75 regular admission or $7.75 for students, seniors, and Museum of Science members. Coolidge Corner Theatre members get FREE admission to these shows. Tickets are available in advance at the box office, l
Posted: 1/5/2009 9:22:12 PM
iridescentgreen

From: Missouri

Joined: 12/17/2008

Yes, I'd heard about this.

If you get the chance to attend, please do tell how it goes!

Lucky dog:)

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