On Tuesday, April 18 at 5:00 pm musicology Remi Chiu will discuss music of the Milanese Plague of 1576-1578. Plague tore through Milan between 1576-1578, eventually claiming over 17,000 lives. During the outbreak, citizens responded by establishing quarantines, embargo of goods, street-cleaning programs—and by singing. Using this Milanese outbreak as a case study, this talk explores the medical and spiritual implications of music and music-making in times of pestilence, and the value of commemorating epidemic disasters in Renaissance Europe. The talk will take place in Conservatory room 308C.
Anicia Timberlake’s research focuses on musical citizenship: how political ideologies can come to be experienced in the body. Her current book, Political Education Beyond Words, examines socialist music education in the German Democratic Republic, asking how socialist citizenship—and, by extension, the Cold War ideological conflict—may be differently conceived via examining body-based music-pedagogical practices meant to train children’s taste and characters. Dr. Timberlake teaches courses on twentieth-century music, music and politics, aesthetic theory, and music and childhood. More…
On Wednesday, March 15, at 6:30 pm, musicology faculty member Susan Forscher Weiss, will give a lecture on her book A Cole Porter Companion titled “A Bubbly Élan Worthy of the Master Himself.” She will be joined by her fellow co-editor Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, and Cole Porter scholar Lynn Laitman Siebert, director of arts participation and communication at Morris Arts. Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music), Sarah Berger (MM ’00, Voice), and Choo Choo Hu (BM ’10, GPD ’12, Piano) will perform Porter works. The event will take place at the Evergreen Museum & Library’s Bakst Theatre in Baltimore. Find more information and tickets here.
On March 5, Musicology Faculty Member Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition,Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) will conduct the Maryland Choral Society in the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Mariana Martines’ Dixit Dominus. Martines, who collaborated with Mozart and Metastasio and studied with Haydn, wrote the work after her admission to the Accademia Filarmonica in 1773. The work has only been performed one other time on the East Coast since its composition almost 250 years ago. The concert program also features Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339, and Divertimento in D Major, K. 136. The concert will take place at 4:00 pm at Mt Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, Md, with a pre-concert talk at 3:30 pm. Find Tickets and more information here.
An article by Gary Sampsell (MM ’16, Musicology) titled, “Popular Music in the Time of J. S. Bach: The Leipzig Mandora Manuscript,” was recently accepted for publication in BACH: The Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and it will appear in the Spring 2017 Vol. 48, No. 1 issue. Mr. Sampsell was advised by Andrew Talle and studied with Zane Forshee.