Sing, O Ye Heavens: Moravian Music & Instrument Making
When Moravians settled in Pennsylvania during the 1740s they brought with them a rich tradition of sacred music that was an essential part of Moravian life. Besides composing music for their own use, Moravians were also skilled instrument makers.
This exhibit will feature a 1763 cello, made in Bethlehem by Moravian instrument maker and composer John Antes. This recently discovered instrument is the oldest known cello made in America; it will be on public display for the first time in its history.