The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0750  Friday, 30 March 2001

From:           Tom Cartelli <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Mar 2001 14:51:51 -0500
Subject:        Conference Announcement

APRIL 27-28, 2001

The Muhlenberg College Departments of Music, Theater, English , and
Dance present an interdisciplinary conference on the performing arts in
17th-Century England. We invite scholars and performers of 17th-Century
music, theater, and dance to participate in two days of activity and
conversation about the historical meanings and contemporary resonances
of these forms. The conference aims at dialogue between historians
seeking to establish the cultural significance of 17th-Century English
performance forms and practitioners engaged in reconstructing historical
performance technique. We hope for interchange across a variety of
disciplinary borders: between music, theater, and dance; between
scholarship and art; between performance history and cultural history.
Uniquely, the conference agenda includes performances, workshops, and
paper sessions open to all participants. At the center of the
conference, Muhlenberg College presents Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and choreography
by Thomas Baird. Professional singers Jodi Kidwell and Robert Wallace
will play Dido and Aeneas.

Keynote Speakers:

Michael Burden, Lecturer in Music at New College, Oxford.
Roger Savage, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of

Workshop Leaders/Performers:

Thomas Baird, internationally-known Baroque dance specialist.
Donna Fournier, renowned viola da gamba performer and ensemble coach.

Paper  Sessions/Production Discussion:

James Peck, director of Dido and Aeneas, will discuss issues of
production with other members of the creative team.  Papers addressing
historical and cultural topics from music, theatre, and dance will be
deliverd by Bruce Bellingham, Caroline Cunningham, Deborah Payne Fisk,
Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Carol Marsh, and Andrew Walkling

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is $45.  The fee includes all
performances, the paper sessions and the workshops as well as meals.
To register send checks to Ken Butler at Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew
Street, Allentown, PA 18104.  For further information on the conference
please visit our website:


Hotel Information

Rooms may be reserved at the local Day's Inn at a discounted rate of $52
per night. Call (610) 395-3731 and ask for the 17th - Century Opera
Conference. To receive the reduced rate, book your room prior to April

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