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Music Professor Emerita Maggi Payne to Play Garden of Memory Summer Solstice Fest

Oakland, CA—June 18, 2018

Professor Emerita Maggi Payne

Photo: Courtesy Styrouse

Mills Music Professor Emerita Maggi Payne will bring her 2013 piece, “Theremin Morph” to the Garden of Mark at this year’s Garden of Memory summer solstice celebration from 5:00–9:00 pm on June 21.

The San Francisco Chronicle announced an impressive lineup of notable musicians which includes electro-acoustic composer and performer Maggi Payne, pianist Sarah Cahill, clarinetist Beth Custer, the vocal ensemble Kitka, the William Winant Percussion Group and Living Earth Show.

Payne’s electronic theremin instrument is controlled by moving her hands closer or farther from its two antennae.

“I love the diversity of the crowds, and being able to talk with them, and coach them when they’re trying to play the theremin,” Payne says. “It’s so much fun. We’ve had people holding babies in their arms, moving them closer and farther from the antenna. It’s hilarious and wonderful. We get people in their 90s as well.”

Artists will perform simultaneously around the serene setting at Oakland’s landmark Chapel of the Chimes. For more information go to