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January 13, 2009

Musician Dean Shostak celebrates Benjamin Franklin's birthday with crystal music at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Musician Dean Shostak plays period music on Benjamin Franklin’s invention, the glass armonica, as he celebrates the Founding Father’s 303rd birthday. Guests can enjoy this commemorative concert 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Shostak is known for reviving the lost art of playing Franklin’s glass armonica. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “The Early Show” and BBC World News.

Shostak is a featured performer at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. His Crystal Concert series showcases classical and traditional music from around the world. These concerts not only include the glass armonica but various other glass instruments, including the Japanese glass violin, the crystal English handbells, the French cristal baschet and the 1823 American Grand Harmonicon.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy this program.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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