October 22, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rob Schwimmer, a composer, pianist and professional theremin player, will perform in concert Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored, in part, by Louis and Joyce Betz with additional support from the Office of the Provost.

Schwimmer's visit is presented in connection with the Samek Art Gallery's exhibition, "Dusk to Dusk."

The only instrument that can be played without touching it, the theremin uses a metal antenna to determine the frequency and volume of sound based on the musician's hand position.

It is often used to make eerie sounds, as in sci-fi movies, including classics like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" as well as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and the original "Star Trek" TV series. Viewers of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS often see Sheldon playing the theremin.

Schwimmer believes the theremin can do more; while at the Weis Center, he will perform a 90-minute set of original and other works on the piano, theremin and Haken Continuum keyboard.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, says, "Rob Schwimmer is a true original — a piano and theremin virtuoso who is continually pushing the boundaries in endlessly expressive and stunningly beautiful ways. Audiences can look forward to a fascinating and enchanting evening of profoundly lyrical and wondrous music."

Schwimmer, who performed on the theremin at Simon & Garfunkel's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show, is recording on the Haken Continuum with Paul Simon. He also recently worked with Phish's Trey Anastasio on his newly released CD "Traveler."

His compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, and feature films. His recent solo CD, "Beyond The Sky," was hailed as "extraordinary" in Gramophone and as "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" in All About Jazz-NY.

Schwimmer has played at Madison Square Garden, Concertgebouw (in Amsterdam), Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Dome, and even at the Colosseum (in Rome) before a crowd of more than 600,000. He is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge music and comedy duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart.

The next event in the Weis Center series is Emerson String Quartet on Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center. The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications

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