PBS Series Visits Caramoor to Determine Authenticity of Musical Instrument

A team from the popular PBS series, “History Detectives,” visited the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts last week, in order to determine the authenticity of what’s believed to be an original theramin from the 1930s.

A theramin, invented by Leon Theramin, was the first electronic musical intrument and paved the way for today’s modern synthetizer. It is believed that Theramin built fewer than a dozen of the instruments, which have a somewhat eerie sound and are often associated with science-fiction movies.

Theramin expert and builder, Arthur Harrison, joined the crew visiting Caramoor to study the theramin belonging to the music center. What did they find? You’ll have to tune into the ninth season of “History Detectives,” which begins in June 2010.

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