Presentations & Performances

Glass Armonica

Enchantment of the Glass Armonica

An illustrated lecture & sonic demonstration at
The Velaslavasay Panorama

Featuring Allison De Fren & Lynn Drye
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29

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 at or by emailing the secretary at  

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.

This presentation has been funded in part by The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles and The Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



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