History of
the Armonica

 Ben Franklin
the Musician

Cecilia Brauer


 Contact Info/
Useful Links

 Order the

"Let me introduce myself. I am Cecilia Gniewek Brauer, pianist, teacher, associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and an avid player of a very rare and unusual instrument known as the Armonica. Here at my web site, you will find much useful information about this most beautiful instrument and its inventor Benjamin Franklin. Listen to some samples of the Armonica from a rare and unique Christmas CD "The Angelic Sounds of Christmas." I have provided you with links to other sites about Franklin and the Armonica.

I hope you find this site interesting and useful. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at benfranklin1706@webtv.net.


Cecilia Brauer


Location Date
Parlance Chamber Concert Series
West Side Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 612-8399
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 4:00 pm
City Reliquary Benefit Concert
Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 528-1465
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 7:00 pm
Vermont Philharmonic Family Concert
Barre Opera House
6 North Main St.
Barre, Vermont
Sunday, March 28, 2010, 3:30 pm
Green Mountain Opera Summer Festival
Lucia di Lammermoor (w/Armonica)
Barre Opera House
6 North Main St.
Barre, Vermont
(802) 476-8188
Friday, June 18, 2010, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 20, 2010, 3:00 pm
Metropolitan Opera-Japan Tour
La Boheme
Don Carlo
Lucia di Lammermoor (w/Armonica)
MET Orchestra Concert
Sunday, May 29, 2011 through Monday, June 20,2011
Richmond Hill Historical Society
100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic
Kew Garden, NY
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2 pm
Stokes Forest Music Camp
Sponsored by Cali School of Music, Montclair, NJ
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 7:30pm
New Windsor Cantonment
Vails Gate, NY
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Free Masonry Event
Ford Mansion Museum
Morristown, NJ
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
South Country Library
Station Rd., Bellport, NY
(631) 286-0818
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 2pm
Levittown Public Library
1 Blue Grass Lane
Levittown, NY
(516) 731-5728
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2pm
NY Historical Society
Children's Museum
Central Park West and 77th Street
New York, NY
Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1 to 4pm
Sayville Public Library
Greene St
Sayville, NY
(631) 589-4440
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 2pm
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
New York, NY
(212) 799-3100
Tuesday, May 19 , 2015, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 20, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 pm
"Ben Franklin and the Armonica"
Wesleyan Church
Phoenicia, NY
(845) 586-3588
Friday, July 31, 2015, 11 am
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11 am

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