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 at the fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music scheduled for October 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.
The conference theme is “War and Peace and the Moravians,” with special panels devoted to the Martyrdom of John Hus (1369-1415), the Civil War in America, and Controversy and the Moravians. Many international scholars will present papers, including scholars from Germany, Denmark, England, France, Australia, Tanzania and South Africa.
Conference chairperson, Lanie Yaswinski, promises the weekend will be filled with lectures, concerts, art and food, which anyone interested in Moravian culture can appreciate. Activities and registration will begin on Thursday, Oct. 2, with a reception and special panel and exhibit focusing on the Moravian reformer, John Hus.
Other special lectures include the Walter Vivian Moses Lecture in Moravian Studies on Thursday evening by Jørgen Bøytler of Christiansfeld, Denmark, on the topic of “Unity in Diversity, Challenges to the Worldwide Moravian Unity” and the 157th annual lecture of the Moravian Historical Society on Sunday afternoon by Katherine Faull, Bucknell University, on the topic of “Visualizing History: the (Hidden) Work of Moravian Women Missionaries in Colonial Pennsylvania.” A keynote lecture by Sarah Eyerly, Florida State University, entitled “How the Moravians Sang Away the Wildnerness” will take place on Friday, followed by a second keynote lecture on Saturday by Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University, entitled “A Woman, her Husband, and the Moravians in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World.” Two special panels, a lecture recital on piano, and a concert by the Main Street Brass Quintet, “Storm in the Land,” will be dedicated to the Civil War in America.
Other featured performances include a concert Friday evening of Johann Friedrich Peter’s “Psalm of Joy” and an original song cycle, “Conflict, Sadness, Victory, Resolution,” composed by Sean O’Boyle, performed by Moravian College Choir and Moravian College Community Orchestra. Late Saturday afternoon the Lititz Moravian Congregation Senior Choir and Orchestra together with the Millersville University of Pennsylvania Chorale will perform “The Lititz Anthems of Johannes Herbst” featuring bass horn and serpent by Craig Kridel.
Tours of Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s museums and historic buildings will be offered to conference participants throughout the weekend. A historic beer tasting by Chris Bowen, master brewer, will take place Friday afternoon at the Goundie House on Main Street.
Conference registration for all four days is $100. Walk-in admission to concerts 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, Center for Moravian Studies, Moravian Music Foundation, Moravian Historical Society, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites.
From the September 2014 Moravian Magazine