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Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music to be held October 11-14

Bethlehem, Pa., August 29, 2012—The third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place October 11-14 on the campuses of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Scholars, musicians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in downtown Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of topics related to Moravian history and music from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries. Special themes include the sustainability of Moravian communities (coinciding with Moravian College’s IN FOCUS theme for 2012-13), nineteenth-century Moravian history, the Ancient Unity and Comenius, and the Moravian composer, Johannes Herbst. Many international scholars will present papers, including scholars from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Jerusalem, Labrador, Suriname and the Caribbean.

Conference chairperson, Lanie Graf, promises the weekend will be filled with lectures, film, food and concerts, which anyone interested in Moravian culture can appreciate. Activities and registration will begin on Thursday with a champagne reception and special panel focusing on Moravian mission and environment in Alaska. Other special lectures include the Walter Vivian Moses Lecture in Moravian Studies on Thursday evening by Peter Vogt of Niesky, Germany, on the topic of “The Paradox of Moravian Identity” and the 155th annual lecture of the Moravian Historical Society on Sunday afternoon by Scott Paul Gordon, Lehigh University, on the topic of “Mary Penry and the Making of Moravian Women.” The keynote lecture by Leland Ferguson, University of South Carolina, will take place on Friday and address historical archaeology in Moravian Salem, North Carolina.

Featured performances include a concert by Duo Marchand of 18th-century Moravian music on cittern and harp, vocal performance by Christina Eckström and Sarah Eyerly of 18th-century Moravian compositions accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, and a concert focusing on the music of the Moravian composer, Johannes Herbst, performed by Unitas Chorale and the Lititz Moravian Church Choir. Other special events include a feature film on Moravian music in Labrador, Canada, and historic beer tasting provided by Chris Bowen and Historic Bethlehem Partnership. Tours of HBP’s museums and historic buildings will be offered to conference participants throughout the weekend.

Conference registration for all four days is $90 until Sept. 1, and then $100 thereafter. Walk-in admission to concerts and film is $10 per person. Visit the conference website for a full conference program and to register: www.moravianconferences.org.

The conference is sponsored by Moravian College, Moravian Archives, the Center for Moravian Studies, and the Research Center for Social and Cultural Studies in Gotha, University of Erfurt, Germany, in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation, Moravian Historical Society, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership. For more information, contact Lanie Graf at 610 866-3225 or lanie@moravianchurcharchives.org.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.