Theremin Musician Thomas Grillo Returns to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Jackson Mississippi’s, Thomas Grillo performs his long awaited encore performance at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 beginning at 7pm. The Theremin concert will be held in the Biedenharn’s Fountain room, and will include classical works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Gounod, Franck, and others. Tickets are $15 per person plus tax and can be reserved by calling the Museum Store at 318-387-5281 Tues. – Sat. from 10am to 5pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the concert is limited to 80 guests. A reception with Coke floats will be held immediately after the program in the Welcome Room.
The Theremin, named after Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, is played without discernible physical contact from the musician. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas that sense the position of the player's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the Theremin are then amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
Theremin music is associated with a very eerie, otherworldly sound, and is often heard on Sci-fi and horror soundtracks. The Theremin has been featured in the movie score for Bernard Herrmann's, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and The Big Bang Theory, in the "Bus Pants Utilization" episode. Classical symphonies have also been written for Theremin.
A self-taught Thereminist, Grillo has played the unique instrument since 2006. Grillo particularly enjoys playing the Theremin in a classical style, though he admits he enjoys all genres.
Grillo began playing the violin when he was eight years old, adding the flute to his repertoire four years later. The talented musician is also an accomplished vocalist having performed with several venues, including: Jackson Choral Society, Biloxi Opera Theatre, Magnolia Chorus, Mississippi Opera Chorus, and the Jackson Chapter of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
After the concert, visitors are welcome to stroll through the garden and enjoy the cool creamy refreshment of a Coke float sponsored by the Monroe Creamery and the Monroe Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is open Tues. thru Sat. from 10am to 5pm. Free parking is available on three sides of the museum. The main parking area is located on Speed Avenue near the main entrance to the Coke Museum. Tour information, maps and tickets are available at the Museum Store located inside the Coke Museum. Adults $6 Students $4 (Under 12 years old) Annual Pass $20 (a great bargain). Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store, located in the Coke Museum building, at 2000 Riverside Drive (the corner of Riverside Drive and Speed Avenue).