Heritage Academy students attended the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History’s daytime presentation of ‘Crystal Concert’ by Mr. Dean Shostak on Friday, January 20, 2017.
Shostak is a master of making music with historical glass musical instruments. He presented a multimedia concert that introduced Danville audiences to amazing harmonic glass sounds.
Shostak’s glass instruments ranged from Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica to brand new glass instruments created by glass artisans around the world. The Crystal Concert is a showcase of art, history, music, and science.
Heritage Academy’s 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades attended one of two school presentations hosted at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History’s performance auditorium. Seventeen Heritage Academy students participated.
In 1991, Shostak became involved in the revival of the rare and beautiful glass armonica invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. He is credited with bringing the music of this lost instrument to Williamsburg. In addition to the armonica, new and antique glass instruments of all kinds are incorporated into ‘Crystal Concert,’ including a pocket violin and crystal handbells.
“It was neat to be able to hear and interact with Mr. Shostak who is one of the five people in the world that plays America’s first instrument,” Heritage teacher Mrs. Holly Munoz said.
Shostak is a nationally acclaimed touring artist whose music has been featured on Voice of America, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and at The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.