On August 11, 2016, Robert Burns and Victoria Van Arnam combine their passions for hammered dulcimers, eclectic music and education into a dynamic concert experience. The concert is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Historic Pool of the Lightner Museum and is free and open to the public.
Dancing Hammers creates intricate compositions with deep harmony and drone. The blending of ancient instruments with modern sound is accessible, engaging, and entertaining. The Hammered Dulcimer, predecessor to the piano, is over 2,500 years old. It is known across the globe for its beautiful, unique, and ethereal sound.
Victoria Van Arnam has always loved the Hammered Dulcimer. She found her first dulcimer in 2009, became a full time musician shortly after, and never looked back. Robert Burns shares his life long passion and love for music by performing on the Hammer Dulcimer. Robert enjoys an international following and is a full time Musician, Composer and Music Educator.
Music has been a vibrant part of Lightner Museum’s history since it opened in 1888 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel. Flagler, who held music and the arts in high regard, organized concerts and performances regularly during the hotel’s season for guests and members of the community to enjoy.
“This free performance is a part of our on-going effort to provide quality exhibits and cultural experiences to the St. Augustine community,” said Bob Harper, Lightner Museum Director.
Additionally, the America’s Parks exhibition of paintings celebrating the centennial of the National Parks system will be open for the public to view following the performance.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis. Access into the performance is available through the Café Alcazar entrance located off Granada Street.
This event is sponsored by the Lightner Museum and by Mr. Burns and Ms. Van Arnam of Dancing Hammers. Donations are appreciated and will be accepted after the performance. CD’s will be available to purchase after the concert. The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors.
For more information call 904.824.2874 or visit lightnermuseum.org/dancing-hammers.