February 20, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Composer and musician Rob Schwimmer will present three interactive movement and music workshops Wednesday, March 6, in the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University.

Schwimmer will perform original and atmospheric music on the Haken Continuum and theremin, accompanying two one-hour yoga instructions at noon and again at 7, led by Cheri Ordorf, and an hourlong Tai Chi instruction at 5 p.m., led by Steve Gallik. These workshops are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

The day of movement and atmospheric music workshops is co-presented by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Samek Art Gallery. All events take place in the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Schwimmer is a pianist and professional theremin player who performed last October in the Weis Center Lobby to a packed and enthusiastic crowd. His compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, and feature films in addition to performing throughout the world.

The Haken Continuum is a keyboard with a touch-sensitive synthetic rubber playing surface. Sensors under the playing surface respond to finger position and pressure in three dimensions and provide pitch resolution. The continuum was conceived by Lippold Haken, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of Illinois in 1990.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "Rob's brilliant mastery of these instruments and technologies lends itself fabulously to the current exhibition. People who attended his packed performances last fall can expect a very different and interactive experience in the gallery."

Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Gallery, says, "The Samek Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new media video sculptures by Jim Campbell that incorporate vision, motion, and new technology. The Gallery is collaborating with the Weis Center for the Performing Arts to create a day full of events and workshops emphasizing motion and body movement."

For more information about the Jim Campbell exhibit, visit http://galleries.blogs.bucknell.edu/2013/01/10/jim-campbell-at-the-threshold/

For more information about this event and other Weis Center events, visit www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications