Little did Léon Theremin realize that his Soviet-sponsored spy research into electromagnetic waves and proximity sensors would lead to the creation of a new and strange musical instrument. Classical music composers—as well as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones—have written for the eerie-sounding theremin, a musical instrument that plays without ever actually being touched. Come hear a performance of this “out-of-this-world” instrument and the cautionary tale of a physicist-turned-electronic-music-pioneer, whose inventions got steeped in politics and whose life story reads like a spy novel. A performance by Dorit Chrysler, commentary by John Huth, and a Q&A session will follow the lecture.
Free and open to the public.
- Dorit Chrysler, musicologist and composer; director, NY Theremin Society; founder, KidCoolThereminSchool
- John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
This event is part of The Undiscovered Science Lecture Series.