A Musical Offering

In the quiet of spring break, it may be easier to hear the harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments at a joint meeting of the Southeastern and Midwestern Historical Keyboard Societies.

The societies—scholars, teachers, instrument builders, and performing musicians—will be here March 7-9 to consider “Music and Keyboard Instruments in the Moravian Communities.” Most of the conference will be at the College, with a session at the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth.

The meeting also is the occasion for the Mae and Irving Jurow 2002 International Harpsichord Competition, in which 16 harpsichordists will perform. The semifinals are all day March 7; the four finalists will play at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in Peter Hall.

Keyboard instruments by builders from across North America will be on display, including the Lehigh Valley’s own Willard Martin, a graduate of Moravian’s Class of 1969.

Here’s the schedule.

March 7 Concert by Elaine Funaro, harpsichord, and Richard Fuller, fortepiano. 8:00 p.m.

March 8 Keynote address by Michael Cole of Cheltenham, England, a distinguished maker and restorer of keyboard instruments. Author of The Pianoforte in the Classical Era (Clarendon Press, 1998). 9:00 a.m.

• Morning choices: Philip Cooper, “Pennsylvania-German Organ Builders.” Antonius Bittmann, “Handel’s Organ Concertos.” Laurence Libin, “Pennsylvania, Cradle of American Piano-Making.” Libin, former curator, now research associate of the musical instrument collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arranged for the loan of the 1795 chamber organ by Samuel Green that resides in Peter Hall.

• Afternoon choices: Angeline Case-Stott, “Keyboard Pieces from the Johannes Herbst Collection.” The Herbst collection is one of the largest of Moravian music in North America. David Chung, “Stylus Phantasticus of the 17th-Century North German Keyboard Tradition.” David Pickett, “A Fresh Look at Johann Krieger’s Anmuthige Clavier-Übung.” Carolyn Lipp, “Early Sonatas of Joseph Haydn.” Genevieve Soly, “The Partitas of Christoph Graupner,” an important predecessor of J. S. Bach. Judith Conrad, “Moravian Devotional Music for Clavichord.”

• Moravian music concert. 8:00 p.m.

March 9 Bus trip to Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth. Instruments in the collection will be introduced by Libin (upright pantelon), Cole (square pianos), and Cooper (1776 Tannenberg organ). 9:00-11:30 a.m.

• Afternoon choices: Kathleen Scheide, “Composers from the Homeland of the Bohemian/Moravian Brethren.” Edward L. Parmentier, “Endings, Returns, the Old and the New: Bach, the Sonata, and WTC II.” Harvey Hinshaw, “Selections from Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.” Larry Palmer, “Richard Strauss’s ‘Capriccio Suite’ for Harpsichord.” Sandra Mangsen, “Pièces de Clavecin au Piano: Rameau, Couperin, Daquin.” Maria Rose, “La Coquette: A Competition on the Eve of the French Revolution.”

All events are open to the public. A single-day registration is $35, $15 for students. Sessions are in Peter Hall (or adjacent rooms), Priscilla Payne Hurd campus, Moravian College. Information: Martha Folts, 734 433-0408 or mfolts@umich.edu.

Feburary 26, 2002

Preaching to the Choir
Theologian Martin Marty to deliver the 2002 Weber Memorial Lectures in pastoral ministry.
A Musical Offering
Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies to meet March 7-9 at Moravian.
The Guest Book
Photos of recent visitors to campus, including State Senator Lisa Boscola (speaking to School of Nursing forum) and Ambassador of the Czech Republic Martin Palous.
Faculty/staff honors, activities and achievements.
Campus calendar of events.
Seen These Around?
Billboard and print ad campaign by PenTeleData spotlighting its relationship with Moravian.