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The Fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music — October 17-19

Celebrating Moravian Music Research

The Music Department hosts the fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music. Thursday through Saturday, October 17-19, in Peter Hall, part of the College's Priscilla Payne Hurd campus on Church Street.

Day events include scholarly papers and illustrated lectures by specialists in Moravian music. Each evening features a concert.

This year's gathering is co-chaired by Paul Larson, professor emeritus of music, and Albert H. Frank '67, '71, director of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Moravian Archives (north) in Bethlehem, and is coordinated by Hilde Binford, visiting assistant professor of music history.

The 2002 conference is a retrospective of research on Moravian music from past conferences and a glimpse of continuing scholarship in Moravian centers in Europe and the United States. Carol Traupman-Carr '86, associate professor of music, former chair of the department, and associate dean for academic affairs, will speak on the 1996, 1998, and 2000 conferences, which she co-chaired with Larson.

The first Moravian music conference, on David Tannenberg and Moravian organs and organ-builders, was held in 1995 by the Moravian Historical Society and Historic Bethlehem Partnership. The Music Department held the conference the following year, continuing it as a biennial event and broadening it to deal with Moravian music outside Bethlehem.

Thursday night's concert will feature music from the Moravian Archives performed by College vocal and instrumental ensembles conducted by Paula Ring Zerkle, director of choral activities, and James L. Barnes, music department chair and director of instrumental ensembles. Zerkle also will lead a reading session of Moravian music at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Larson will read from the Bethlehem diaries of Moravian colonists at Friday's concert by the Lehigh Valley chamber ensemble Satori, whose members include John Arnold and Nora Suggs, artist-lecturers in music. The concert is titled "Under the Yoke of Love" and includes music from the Moravian lovefeast tradition.

Saturday's concert of music exchanged between Moravian centers in Europe and Moravian colonies in America will be performed by the Whitefield Trio, organized in 1998 to explore music in Moravian archives around the world and named for a historic home in Nazareth. Its musicians are former members of Ensemble Soleil, a French baroque chamber group based in Boston.

Speakers include Nola Reed Knouse, and C. Daniel Crews '70, director and assistant director of the southern branch of the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Laurence Libin, former curator, now research associate of the musical instrument collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will speak on "Fr. Frueauff's clavecin royale," a keyboard owned by one of the founding brethren of the Moravian community. Libin arranged for the loan of the 1795 chamber organ by Samuel Green that resides in Peter Hall (it will be used in Saturday's concert) and has been a featured speaker at other Moravian music events.

Two speakers are guests from the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany: Peter Peucker, who will describe the music collections in the Herrnhut Archives, and Ben van den Bosch, who will discuss brass music used in Moravian churches.

Other topics include Moravian composers Christian David Jaeschke and Carl Abraham Mankell, and the musical instrument trade between Europe and the Moravian colonies.

Full-conference registration is $100 for members of collaborating organizations (Moravian College, Moravian College Music Alliance, Moravian Music Foundation, Center for Moravian Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian Historical Society, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership) and $110 for all others. Two-day registration is $70 for members, $90 for non-members, and one-day registration is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. The conference banquet on Saturday is $30. Tickets to the concerts are $5 Thursday, $10 Friday, and $15 Saturday. The lovefeast on Saturday is free but reservations are required because seating is limited. All concerts are free to the Moravian College community.

For a brochure, registration, banquet reservations, concert tickets, and all other information: 610 861-1650, fax 610 861-1657 or hbinford@moravian.edu.

Conference Schedule

All events are in Peter Hall except as indicated.

Thursday, October 17

  • 9:00 a.m.-noon. Registration and coffee (Hearst Hall).
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote address. Nola Reed Knouse, "History and Highlights of the Moravian Music Foundation."
  • 11:00 a.m.-noon. Carol Traupman-Carr, "Historical Perspectives of the Moravian Music Conferences." C. Daniel Crews, "The Context of Moravian Music."
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m. Albert H. Frank and Nola Reed Knouse, "Research in the Moravian Music Foundation Holdings."
  • 8:00 p.m. Concert (Foy Hall). "Choral and Vocal Music of the Moravians." Moravian College Choir, Vocalis, and Community Orchestra, Paula Ring Zerkle, conductor.

Friday, October 18

  • 9:00 a.m.-noon. Registration and coffee (Hearst Hall).
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote address. Paul Peucker, "The Collection of the Herrnhut Archives."
  • 11:00 a.m.-noon. Alice M. Caldwell, "Christian David Jaeschke: His Life and Musical Legacy." Timothy W. Sharp, Rhodes College, "Musical Migrations: Rheinsburg to Lititz."
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Swedish musicologist Christina Ekström, "The Composer, Musician, Teacher, and Author Carl Abraham Mankell in Focus." Lloyd P. Farrar, Stewart Carter, and Philip F. Gura, "Family Ties and Craftsmen's Traditions Expressed in the Musical Instrument Trade Serving America's Earliest Moravian Communities."
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Visit to the Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, or the Moravian Museum, Bethlehem.
  • 8:00 p.m. Concert. "Under the Yoke of Love." Satori with Paul Larson, narrator.

Saturday, October 19

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee (Hearst Hall).
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m. Laurence Libin, "Fr. Frueauff's clavecin royale." Pauline Fox, assisted by Alice Caldwell, " 'Ins Feld rücken': Battle Music in Moravian Sources."
  • 11:00-noon. Choral reading session led by Paula Ring Zerkle.
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m. Ben van den Bosch, "Brass Music in European Moravian Churches," lecture-recital.
  • 4:15-5:30 p.m. Lovefeast.
  • 6:30-7:45 p.m. Banquet.
  • 8:00 p.m. Concert. "For the Brethren and Sisters Overseas: Music Sent to and From the Moravian Colonies," Whitefield Trio (Jean Sawyer Twombly, Peter Tourin, and Margaret Angelini) with sopranos Noel Bisson and Margaret Hunter.