Hamilton to Host Feminist Theory and Music Conference

Hamilton will host the 12th meeting of the international biennial Feminist Theory and Music Conference from July 31 to Aug. 4. The conference program will include presentation of scholarly papers, lecture-recitals, and free evening concert performances. The public is welcome to attend. A complete schedule can be found at http://conferences.hamilton.edu/ftm12/schedule.

The conference theme, New Voices in the New Millennium, welcomes new voices with planned panels addressing gender and the music of diverse communities. Planned panels include those focusing on the role of women in contemporary gospel and feminism and expressions of funk.

A concert on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts, will feature the theme The Legacy of the “Thrush”: Women as Eco-composers, with Margaret Lucia of Shippensburg University.  The program will include “The Hermit Thrush at Morn,” Op. 92, No. 2, “Light From the Cliffs,” and “Seven Haikus,” as well as solo cello works.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, a second concert will begin at 8 p.m., also in Wellin Hall, and will feature Monique Buzzarté performing Subtle Winds and Wake Up and Dream. A highlight of this concert will be a performance of swell by Tomie Hahn of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Buzzarté. The audience is invited to join in an improvisation during this last piece or sit back to listen and watch.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

The conference is jointly facilitated by Program Committee Chair Gayle Murchison, associate professor at the College of William and Mary, and Hamilton Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley, for local arrangements.

For more information call 859-4354.

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