Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music
Contact: Lanie Graf
Phone: (610) 866-3225
BETHLEHEM, PA, AUGUST 23, 2012: The third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place October 11-14, 2012, on the campus of Moravian College and 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 15th – 20th 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.