‘Theremin’ caps Musical Lives series

May 24, 2014
Leo Theremin was the toast of America before “disappearing” in the 1930s, and his grandfather-of-electronica instrument embellished many a 1950s sci-fi movie.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. May movies celebrate Musical Lives.

Wrapping up this month May 30 will be “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey,” a documentary from 1994 that runs 82 minutes. Leon Theremin’s “musical life” was truly stranger than fiction. After escaping Russia's communist revolution, he traveled to New York, where he pioneered the field of electronic music with his synthesizer. But at the height of his popularity, Soviet agents kidnapped and forced him to develop spy technology. Steven M. Martin wrote and directed this intriguing documentary about a man's "strange" music and his very interesting life as an inventor and influential musician.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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