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Theremin Performance, April 8, 4 p.m.

Theremin Performance, April 8, 4 p.m.

The Sarnoff Collection is pleased to present a theremin concert by Mano Divina and the Divine Hand Ensemble on Wednesday, April 8, at 4:00 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall in the Music Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The theremin is one of the earliest and most extraordinary electronic music instruments. Developed by Russian inventor Léon Theremin in 1920, the theremin’s unearthly tone and unusual playing technique—it remains the only instrument one can play without touching—made it a musical sensation in the 1930s. RCA saw the theremin as another means of bringing electronic music into American living rooms and bought the rights to manufacture it in the United States. Although only 500 RCA theremins were sold, the instrument was later used by the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones and in the film scores for The Day the Earth Stood Still and Ghostbusters.ManoDivina

Thereminist Mano Divina has performed around the world. As he has explained, playing the theremin requires a great deal of discipline. “You are literally vibrating air molecules with your hand to resonate certain frequencies that match or correspond to musical notes. It looks much easier than it actually is.”

The Divine Hand Ensemble is a theremin-led string group that includes a string quartet, two harps, vibraphone, marimba, and vocals. The group’s repertoire includes opera arias, sacred music, popular favorites, and original compositions. The performance at The College of New Jersey will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Oriental Romance (Nightingale and the Rose_, Mozart’s A Little Night Music, music from Edward Scissorhands and Ghostbusters, and Queen’s Who Wants to Live Forever.

After the show, audience members will have the chance to play the theremin and examine artifacts from TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection showcasing RCA’s many contributions to the history of electronic music. A reception with light refreshments will also follow the performance. Parking for the event is available in lots 5,6, and 7. For more information about the concert and the Sarnoff Collection, please call 609-771-2654 or email sarnoff@tcnj.edu.

DivineHandEnsembleImages: above, Mano Divina with the Franklin Institute’s RCA Theremin, Model AR 1264, photograph © 2014 by Robert Hakalski, and at left, The Divine Hand Ensemble

 

3D Printing Demo & Design Tutorial, Saturday, March 21, 11-1

3D Printing Demo & Design Tutorial, Saturday, March 21, 11-1

On Saturday, March 21, from 11:00 to 1:00, as part of the Trenton Computer Festival, the Sarnoff Collection is offering a 3D printing demo and design tutorial. This short, drop-in workshop will enable visitors to create object designs that can be printed. Rebecca Mercuri and Kevin Meredith will teach you how to use FreeCAD, an…Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Discussion at TCNJ, March 2

Artificial Intelligence Discussion at TCNJ, March 2

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Interactive Exhibit Expo and Blue LED Demonstration, February 23

Interactive Exhibit Expo and Blue LED Demonstration, February 23

On Monday, February 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Sarnoff Collection will host a presentation of student designed state-of-the-art technologies for expanding and enhancing the experience of visiting TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection. For the second year, students in TCNJ’s Interactive Multimedia Department’s course “Interactive Exhibition Design” have created a variety of new multimedia tools for…Continue Reading

Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi—widely known as the “Father of Radio”—visited TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection on June 15th. Princess Marconi’s trip to Ewing is part of a North American tour commemorating the 140th anniversary of her father’s birth.  The Princess was greeted by TCNJ President Barbara Gitenstein and members of the faculty and staff…Continue Reading

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