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October 26, 1994
CONTACT: Sujata Massey

Videoharpist Chris Patton to Perform at Hopkins

Composer and videoharpist Chris Patton will present a performance and discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at The Johns Hopkins University. This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events. All programs in the series are held at noon in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. Admission is free.

Patton will perform original compositions on the videoharp, an unusual instrument that uses light and shadows to control synthesizers. As the musician's fingers move on the playing surface, they block the light, causing shadows to be seen by an optical sensor. The sensor turns these shadows into information that is processed by a built-in computer, and then sent to a synthesizer, causing it to play.

Patton, who has performed at the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, the Edinburgh Festival and on many other stages, will also discuss his role as a composer for theater, film and video.

For information, call the Office of Special Events at (410) 516- 7157.

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