Enchantment of the Glass Armonica

Featuring Allison De Fren & Lynn Drye

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:00pm

Both shows SOLD OUT

An elaborate illustrated lecture on the history of the Glass Armonica, including its historical use in the treatment of nervous disorders by Franz Mesmer and evocation of ghostly specters in Phantasmagoria shows. The lecture, lead by Professor Allison de Fren of Occidental College, will be followed by a short performance on the Glass Armonica by the virtuoso Lynn Drye. In addition, a limited-space workshop will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, August 29th, for participants who are interested in an introductory lesson with the instrument. Guests may register for the workshop online or by emailing the secretary at event@panoramaonview.org.  


The illustrated lecture and performance will be followed by a casual reception in the gardens of the Velaslavasay Panorama where guests may interact with Professor de Fren and Lynn Drye, the Armonicist. Lynn Drye is one of the few remaining glass concert artists in the world today. Ms. Drye will be performing classical pieces from the 19th century, though she also writes her own variations and has released three albums of Glass Armonica music featuring the glass xylophone, glass harp and musical bowls. During the performance run, limited edition armonica-inspired candles can be purchased in the Velaslavasay Panorama's gift shop.