LEWISBURG — The New York Theremin Society will perform in a Halloween-inspired concert on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The performance, presented by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
The theremin is a melodic instrument of the electronic family typically played by moving the right hand between two projecting electrodes with the left hand controlling dynamics and articulation. The theremin is the only instrument that generates sound without being touched.
This performance will feature five thereminists: Rob Schwimmer, Dorit Chrysler, Scott Robinson, Llamano, and Cornelius Loy. They will perform both original and traditional pieces inspired by horror films — just in time for Halloween. The performance will also include video clips, projections and interesting lighting.
Schwimmer describes the challenge of playing the theremin, “Two of your best senses are not reliable when it comes to the theremin. You look and you don’t see anything happening and you don’t feel anything happening but in fact you are touching something; you’re in an electromagnetic field so that you are manipulating the invisible.”
Based in New York City, the New York Theremin Society serves as a platform for thereminists and enthusiasts to exchange, inspire and educate, as well as to demonstrate the surprising variety of different approaches that this relatively young and unique instrument has to offer in the contemporary world of music.
About the thereminists
Originally from Bloomsburg, Schwimmer is a pianist-composer described as a “Theremin master” in The New York Times and a “Theremin hero” in The New Yorker. He was theremin soloist with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor playing the premiere of Bernard Herrmann’s “Scene d’Amour” from “Vertigo” performed with theremin for the first time and played theremin and piano on Matthew Barney’s epic “Cremaster 3” movie. An original member of The NY Theremin Society as well as a founding member of Polygraph Lounge, he has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning”, CNN and NPR show “Song Travels with Michael Feinstein.” Schwimmer has added the Haken Continuum to his arsenal of instruments.