TECI  

     Clara's 1938 Theremin Recital 

 

Dear Theremin – and more particularly – Clara Rockmore Fans

 

Let me introduce myself. I’m Clara’s nephew, and founder of a tax-exempt foundation to enhance her legacy and that of her renowned sister (i.e.  my mother), the pianist Nadia Reisenberg.

 
Our most ambitious project to date has been the acquiring, restoring, re-mastering and issuing of more than a dozen never-before-released performances by Clara and Nadia. These were taped by Robert Moog at the same sessions that yielded the Delos recording, and range from classical works of Bach, Schubert and Chopin to such  lighter repertory as “La Vie en Rose” and “Summertime”.  I also commissioned Jorge Morel to prepare a new guitar accompaniment for “Estrellita” and engaged 8 cellists to have the Aria from Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras #5” with the original instrumentation. The new CD will be released in early December by Bridge Records.
 
As you can imagine, all of this has been horribly expensive, and has considerably drained the resources of the Foundation. As a result, other projects, such as the release of Clara’s live performances over WQXR and at Merkin Hall (some of which were excerpted in Steve Martin’s film), plus all sorts of interviews, are necessarily on hold.
 
For the first time, then, I’m going beyond our family resources to ask for (tax-deductible) donations to the Nadia Reisenberg / Clara Rockmore Foundation.  If you can contribute at least $50, I’ll see that you get one of the first copies of the Bridge CD in December.  If you’re a real collector, though – and rich enough to afford a contribution of at least ten times that much – I have a very limited number of what public radio fund-raisers call “thank you gifts.” 
 
These include a rather glamorous press photo of Clara from the very early 1940s, prepared for her cross-country tours with Paul Robeson, and original flyers from her 1938 Town Hall recital with Nadia Reisenberg.  For a still more generous donation, I have a few full programs from that historic concert (including ads for upcoming appearances by such other legendary artists of the time as Heifetz, Zimbalist, Gieseking, Dame Myra Hess and the Don Cossack Choir).
 
If you can help, please make your checks payable to the: Nadia Reisenberg / Clara Rockmore Foundation, and send them to me at 5 Tavano Road, Ossining NY 10562.  

If you have any questions, you can reach me by phone at 914 762-6282, 

or via e-mail: rsher762@aol.com

 
With many thanks and all best wishes...
                                                                            Robert Sherman