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March 22, 2011

25th Anniversary Glass Musical Festival March 25-26

Glass Music International (GMI) brings the sounds of the 18th century on glass instruments to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Bruton Parish Church on March 25-26. This two-day event is part of GMI’s 25th Anniversary Music Festival and features workshops as well as performances of glass music.

The festival opens at 11:30 a.m. on March 25 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and includes a performance by Dean Shostak of Williamsburg playing the glass armonica and cristal Baschet, accompanied by vocalist Kelly Kennedy on guitar.

John Watson, Colonial Williamsburg conservator of musical instruments and mechanical arts and associate conservator of musical instruments, discusses the Foundation’s musical instrument collection at 1:30 p.m. on March 25 during a forum on glass music. Guests can then enjoy a performance including a bottle band, glass xylophone, grand harmicon and a panel discussion of the future of glass music.

“Glass Music 101” offers guests an opportunity to try their hand at glass music and ask questions of several GMI musicians visiting for the weekend. Instruments that will be on display at 4:30 p.m. on March 25 include the glass armonica, glass harp and cristal Baschet. This program also is available at 4 p.m. on March 26.

March 26 kicks off with a concert of Doug Lee on the glass harp and Vera Meyer on the glass armonica at noon at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The weekend concludes with the Glass Music Final Jam at 2 p.m. GMI musicians perform their favorite songs on a variety of glass instruments.

These programs require a Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card to attend.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
Bruton Parish Church is the location for a candlelight concert featuring Dean Shostak and Charm Peterman on crystal handbells, Brien Engle on glass harp and Dennis James on glass armonica and cristal Baschet. The two-hour concert begins at 8 p.m. and requires no ticket.

GMI is an organization dedicated to the art form of glass music. This includes the glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin, as well as the glass harp, grand harmonicon, glass xylophone, cristal Baschet and more. The membership of GMI includes glass musicians, glass blowers, artisans and connoisseurs, and those who simply enjoy glass music.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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