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AMS Midwest Chapter, Spring 1997 Meeting
Vermillion, SD, April 1997


The spring 1997 meeting of the Midwest Chapter will be held at The Shrine to Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, April 19-20. The Museum's collections contain more than six thousand European, American and ethnographic instruments, dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Andre P. Larson, director of the Museum, has written, "During the past twenty years, I have visited every major collection of musical instruments in the world, most of them more than once. Simply put, I would not trade our collections, nor our facilities and staff, with any of them. . . this is the only place in the world where one can find two 18th-century grand pianos with the type of action conceived by the piano's inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori, one of them the earliest signed and dated piano by an Iberian maker, the other the earliest extant French grand piano; our holdings of brass, woodwind, and stringed instruments by 17th and 18th-century Nuremberg makers are unique outside of Germany; the Witten-Rawlins Collection of early Italian stringed instruments far surpasses any in Italy; our collections of American instruments and archival materials are unparalleled anywhere; and, most significantly, the sum of these groups, along with many other such important groupings, is to be found nowhere else in the world." The Shrine's home page can be reached at The Friday noon program, an instrument demonstration and tour of the museum, includes a brown bag lunch. Meeting participants should be prepared to pay for their meal when they register Friday morning. On Saturday evening chapter members will be treated to an evening concert by the Rawlins Piano Trio of the University of South Dakota. On Friday, April 18, the Museum will offer a pre-meeting workshop, "Current Topics in Early Keyboard Instrument Research," led by John Koster, author of Keyboard Musical Instruments in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The fee for the all-day event will be $35 for those attending the AMS Midwest meeting, $50 for others. There is no charge for the meeting of the Midwest Chapter, however, those planning to attend the workshop should register with Prof. Koster in advance. (See additional information below)
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 8:30-9:00 Registration 9:00-12:00 Instruments; Renaissance and Baroque Topics Edward L. Kottick (University of Iowa), Chair Colleen Baade (Duke University), "In Service of God and the Divine Office: the Role of the bajona in Spanish Nunneries (ca. 1596-1700)" Carolyn Simons (Cedarville College), "Pedals and Cranks, Wheels and Bows: Geigenwerk 101" Suzanne Skyrm (University of South Dakota),"Drums, Bells, and Whistles: Music for Janissary and Other Special Effects on the Early Nineteenth-Century Piano" Rebecca Wagner Oettinger (University of Wisconsin-Madison), "Antichrist and Evil Men: Popular Song as Propaganda in the German Reformation" Marilyn Clark (University of Kansas), "Music of the Czech Baroque: A Survey and Historiography" 12:00-2:00 Brown-Bag Lunch, Demonstration of Keyboard Instruments, and Tour of the Museum, Andre Larson, (University of South Dakota), Chair 2:00-4:30 Classic and Romantic Topics Susan M. Filler (Chicago, IL), Chair Susan Parisi (University of Louisville), "Fernando Rutini and Comic Opera in Florence in the Late Classic Era" Stephanie Campbell (Washington University), "Seeing Music: Visuality in the Friendship of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Carl Friedrich Zelter" Peter Mercer-Taylor (Valparaiso University), "Classicizing the Romantic Weber: Mendelssohn's Capriccio Brillant" Marian Wilson Kimber (Cornell College), "The Composer as Other: Gender and Race in the Biography of Felix Mendelssohn" 4:30-5:30 Business Meeting 8:00 Concert, Rawlins Piano Trio SUNDAY, APRIL 20 9:30-12:00 Twentieth-Century Topics Herbert S. Livingston (Ohio State University), Chair Erica M. Lohmann (Ohio State University), "Petrushka, Meyerhold's Dr. Dapertutto, and Three Oranges: Prokofiev's First Comic Opera" Nikola D. Strader (Ohio State University), "Text Interpretation and Interplay in Britten's War Requiem" Paul W. Cherry (University of South Dakota), "Etudes sur des themes du Comtat-Venaissin: a Hidden Mahzor in an Unknown String Quartet by Darius Milhaud" Denise P. Taylor (University of Michigan), "Reconciling Popular Performers with French Jazz Criticism: Wiener and Doucet, jazz deux pianos, 1926-1939" Michael Campbell (Western Illinois University), "Back from the Future: an Alternative Direction in the Search for the First Rock and Roll Record" PRE-MEETING WORKSHOP ON EARLY KEYBOARD RESEARCH On Friday, April 18, the Shrine to Music Museum will host a pre-meeting workshop, "Current Topics in Early Keyboard Instrument Research." This will be led by John Koster, conservator and Associate Professor of Museum Science, for many years a noted harpsichord maker in the Boston area, and author of numerous publications about the history of keyboard instruments, including the prize-winning Keyboard Musical Instruments in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The fee for this all-day event will be $35 for those attending the AMS Midwest Chapter meeting, $50 for others. Those planning to attend should notify Prof. Koster by mail (The Shrine to Music Museum, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069) or telephone (605/677-5306) by April 11. The schedule for the workshop is as follows: 8:00-8:45 Continental Breakfast (Museum Tea Room) and Registration 9:00-9:15 Welcome and General Introduction 9:15-11:15 Tour of the keyboard instruments in the Museum's collection. Issues of attribution, dating, alteration, restoration, and copying will be discussed. Specific examples to examined in detail include: a Neapolitan virginal of about 1540; harpsichords by Giacomo Ridolfi, about 1675, and Nicolas Dufour, Paris, 1683; grand pianos by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767, and Ferdinand Hofmann, Vienna, about 1795; and an organ by the Pennsylvania-German maker Christian Dieffenbach, 1808. 11:30-12:30 The traditional architecture of instrument design (proportion, measurement, and geometry) and the transition to a scientific approach. Lunch (on your own) 2:00-3:30 Pitch, transposition and temperament 3:45-4:45 Recent discoveries and new interpretations about the history of the harpsichord. 5:00-6:00 "Expressive Claviere" and pianos in the eighteenth century TRAVEL and ACCOMMODATION Vermillion is served by both the Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota airports. The major carriers are Northwest (through Minneapolis), United (through Chicago or Denver), and TWA (through St. Louis). The Museum will offer shuttle service from the Sioux City airport to Vermillion for AMS members arriving by air who do not want to rent a car. Persons requiring shuttle service must arrange it in advance; they will be picked up by a University shuttle, if they plan to arrive Thursday or Friday evening and depart on Sunday afternoon after 2:00 and if they submit their flight data and their payments ($20) or call with their flight information and credit card number no later than Tuesday, April 16. No one will be able to meet flights during the meetings themselves; individuals who want to arrive late or leave early must make other arrangements. There is Greyhound bus service into Vermillion. The nearest Amtrak station is in Omaha, Nebraska (about a 2 hour drive from Vermillion), where the trains stop in the middle of the night. Those who drive will find Vermillion in the southeastern portion of South Dakota on South Dakota Highway 50, six miles west of the interchange with Interstate 29, midway between I-80 and I-90. When you reach the edge of town (just before the orange overpass), do not branch off to the right on the Hwy. 50 bypass. Instead, continue straight ahead, under the overpass, on Hwy. 50 business route, which becomes Cherry Street. All of the motels are located on Cherry, except for the Prairie Inn, which is on Dakota St., one block north of the intersection of Cherry and Dakota. To reach the Museum, turn left on Pine Street (one block past the first traffic light, with a Burger King on the corner) and go south to Clark Street (the first stop sign). Turn right and go west three blocks to the corner of Clark and Yale Streets. The Museum is the two-story, limestone building on the right (north side of the street). Metered visitor parking is available in the parking lot on the right, east of the building. Free parking is available on the streets just south of the Museum. There is no official hotel for the meeting. For those flying to Vermillion, the suggested hotel is the Prairie Inn, the nicest of the accommodations within an easy walking distance to the Shrine to Music Museum. (Vermillion does not have taxi service.) Listings below include approximate distance from the Museum. Rates are subject to change. The Prairie Inn (5 blocks) 912 North Dakota Street 605/624-2824, FAX 605/624-3818 31 Units, $39-48 Coyote Motel (4 blocks) 702 North Dakota St. 605/624-2616 20 Units, $22-34 Lamplighter Motel (4 blocks) 112 East Cherry St. 605/624-4451 31 Units, $39-48 Goebel House Bed & Breakfast (10 blocks) 102 Franklin St. 605/624-6691 4 Units, $35-45 Super 8 (10 blocks) 1208 East Cherry St. 1-800/800-8000, 605/624-8005 39 Units, $33-57 Comfort Inn (1 mile) 701 West Cherry St. 1-800/221-2222, 605/624-8333 31 Units, $27-89 Budget Host Tomahawk Motel (2 miles) 1313 West Cherry St. 1-800/283-4678, 605/624-2601 20 Units, $27-48 REQUEST FOR AIRPORT VAN SERVICE [Limited to Thursday or Friday evening arrivals and Sunday afternoon departures] Indicate the number of persons who will arrive in Sioux City, Iowa, the airline and flight number, the arrival time on Thursday/Friday and departure information (airline, flight number, time on Sunday after 2 pm). Make your check for $20.00 per person payable to SHRINE TO MUSIC MUSEUM/AMS, in U.S. dollars, payable through a U.S. bank. Or make payment by Visa/MC, providing card number and expiration date. Return information and payment to: Shrine to Music Museum /AMS-Midwest, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390, Phone: 605/677-5306, FAX: (605) 677-5073