The Visitors' Book

As the weather got warmer and the greenery greener, the College and Seminary had a regular parade of notables who came to perform, to expound, to take questions and give answers, to broaden our horizons. Here are some of them:

• The preeminent American theologian Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor emeritus of the history of modern Christianity at the University of Chicago, delivered the Seminary's annual Weber Memorial Lectures in Pastoral Theology on March 7. He has many other titles, but at Moravian he was introduced as myteachermartinmarty (all one word) by Otto Dreydoppel '74, assistant professor of church history. He and David Schattschneider '60, emeritus dean, had both studied with Marty at the University of Chicago and said their students had heard them talk about him so often that they were sure his name really was four words fused into one.

• The Historic Keyboard Societies of the Midwest and Southeast brought a consort of lecturers and performers March 7-9 to mull over music before Bach. Just as they arrived, so did a great many boxes filled with the handsome catalog to the exhibit The Square Piano in Rural Pennsylvania 1760-1830, edited by Paul Larson, professor emeritus of music, and Carol Traupman-Carr '86, associate professor of music and associate dean for academic affairs.

• Metropolitan Opera mezzo Denyce Graves sang for a sellout audience at Foy Hall on March 20, then spent the better part of the next day in a master class with Evelyn Stewart, a CGS student, Rebecca Dishon '04, Oscar Cruz Jr. '02, and Nora Cheatham '02. No stolid "park 'n' bark" opera diva, Graves cajoled, demonstrated, joked, gestured, dramatized, laughed, and marched around the stage. Meanwhile, her dog, a fluffy white chap named Madison, went to sleep under the piano.

• Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, was this year's Cohen Arts and Lectures speaker, discussing media response to the events of September 11 and the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East to a large audience on March 18. She had canceled an October date because of the press of news after the terrorist attacks, and this time she almost didn't get here for different reasons.

Mitchell lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan. Her limo, however, had been arranged, and directions supplied, by an NBC News scheduler in Boston.

Maybe there's no MapQuest up there in Beantown. Instead of sending Mitchell up I-95, their directions told her to get off the Baltimore Beltway onto I-83 and go through Harrisburg. Then they neglected to mention a small uncharted area between I-83 and I-78 known, to the locals, as I-81. Once they had found I-78 (by circling Harrisburg a couple of times), they found Allentown and began to look for a Bethlehem exit, or a sign that said "Bethlehem College." But Mitchell knew where she was speaking, and she and the driver worked their way from the exit for U.S. 412 at Hellertown to Bethlehem. She arrived an hour late for a trustees' reception but well in time for her speech.

"I don't know why they didn't say I-95 to Philadelphia," grumbled driver Andrew Jackson, whose limousine company is based in Springfield, Va. "I know where Philadelphia is. I took my son there last week for the NBA All-Star game."

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves shows Oscar Cruz ’02 how to make the most of his voice during her master class.

Photo: Stephen Barth