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Learn about the Theremin with Classical IPR at the Traverse Area District Library

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Toppo, c. 1930
Clara Rockmore, one of the leading performers of the Theremin in the 20th century

The Theremin is an electronic musical instrument that the performer plays without touching.

Composers have often used it to create spooky or otherworldly sounds, like Miklós Rózsa did in his scores for the films "Spellbound" and "The Lost Weekend."

The Theremin is featured prominently in the music of 1950s science fiction films like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "The Thing from Another World."

The Theremin has also appeared in popular music, probably most famously in the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

On Sunday, November 14, join Classical IPR at the the Traverse Area District Library to learn more about this fascinating musical instrument and even have the opportunity to try one out.

A screening of the documentary "Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey" will begin at 1 p.m. in the McGuire Room at the Traverse Area District Library's Woodmere branch.

This film is about the invention of the instrument, its role in music in the 20th century and the search for its inventor Leon Theremin after he was imprisoned in a Soviet gulag.

There will be a real Theremin on hand before and after the film for attendees to see and hear and even try to play!

This event is part of new Second Sunday Series offered by Classical IPR and the Traverse Area District Library.