42nd Annual Conference - Friday Excursions

Society for American Music
2016 Conference – Boston, MA

Sacred Harp Sing

Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, site of this year's Sacred Harp gathering

Cost: $10 ($5 student)

In an almost sacrilegious move (but with Ron Pen’s blessing), we are shifting the Sacred Harp Sing to Friday afternoon so that it can take place in one of Boston’s National Historic Landmarks: Old South Church. We’ll be taking over Gordon Chapel for the afternoon, traveling there by bus. Please be sure to make your reservation for this when you register for the conference! Note that there is a small fee to cover bus transportation.

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, with its renovated Art of the Americas and Musical Instrument Collection, among other treasures.

Private tour of the instrument collection, $30 ($20 students)
Self-guided tour of the museum $25 ($15 students)

There are two available choices for this excursion: (a) tour the Instrument Collection featuring a talk by Darcy Kuronen, Head Curator, on instruments and instrument-making in early America, followed by free time to explore the museum on your own, or (b) spend the afternoon at the museum exploring at your own pace, making sure not to miss Art of the Americas and their lovely café.

Tour of Harvard's Widener and Houghton Libraries

Houghton Library at Harvard.

Cost: $20 (Limited to 30)

Led by Sarah J. Adams, Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and Acting Curator of the Archive of World Music. The Widener Library, which turned 100 in 2015, is Harvard's flagship library, and is not open to the general public. Home to a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and other rarities, it's one of the most comprehensive research collections in the humanities and social sciences. The Houghton Library houses the Harvard Theatre Collection and numerous other special collections.

Silent Film Screening

Peter Krasinski will provide organ accompaniment to Way Down East.

Cost: $15

Way Down East (1920), with live organ accompaniment by internationally renowned organist Peter Krasinski (http://www.krasinski.org). This silent melodrama, directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish, was adapted from a 19th-century melodrama by Lottie Blair Parker. The venue will be the historic Church of the Covenant in the Back Bay, a 2012 designated National Historic Landmark that boasts the largest intact Tiffany Glass ecclesiastical interior in the country (Watch a video introduction to the Church of the Covenant).


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