Music to Your Ears
In this fierce and frantic season of politics and more politics, there is something to be said for the quiet contemplation of music from Moravian religious and secular life.
You have the opportunity to take such a break October 21-23 at the sixth Moravian Music Conference. This one celebrates the trombone, inasmuch as the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir is 250 years old, making it the oldest continuing ensemble of its kind in the United States.
Concert offerings include:
• Lecture-demonstration of Moravian worship music by the trombone choir. 7:30 p.m. October 21.
• A live illustration of music in 19th-century Bethlehem. 7:30 p.m. October 22.
• Moravian music of the past joined by Moravian music yet unheard: a work by James Bates, winner of a composition contest. The Moravian Choir and Central Moravian Church Choir, with the trombone ensemble from Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut, will be directed by Paula Ring Zerkle. 8:00 p.m. October 23.
The first two are in Peter Hall, the third in Central Moravian Church. Admission is $12, $6 students and seniors. Ext. 1650.
Two students who submitted research papers were chosen to read them at 9:00 a.m. October 23.
• Keith Roeckle, Temple University, “The Influence of the Moravian Church on Instrumental Music in America.”
• Nathaniel Kirby ’06, Moravian College, “Unlocking the Mystery Behind the Secular Music of John Antes.”
Moravian history also figures in the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, going on the same days (and with at least one of the same speakers, Paul Peucker of the Moravian Archives) a little way up the street at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Though mainly for academics, the meeting has two sessions on Moravian history and walking tours of Historic Bethlehem and South Bethlehem/Fountain Hill.
See the PHA website, www.pa-history.org, for more detail than we can provide here, or call John McCurdy, Ext. 7897.