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Boyer To Host 2017 Telemann Conference October 11-16, 2017

The Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University will host a scholarly conference on Georg Philipp Telemann as part of the 2017 Philadelphia Telemann Festival.

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Georg Philipp Telemann: Enlightenment and Postmodern Perspectives
This conference, the first devoted to Telemann in the English-speaking world, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. Paper sessions, featuring twenty leading scholars from the USA, Germany, the UK, and Japan, will be held on Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia. Funding for the conference is provided by Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, the University’s Laura H. Carnell professorship stipend, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, the Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und –Forschung in Magdeburg, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The conference is at the center of a week-long Philadelphia Telemann Festival that includes performances by Tempesta di Mare, Night Music and ensembles from Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Premium seats for the opening live talk show and concert on Wednesday, October 11 are free to conference registrants, and tickets to concerts on subsequent evenings are available at a discount.

Conference and Festival Preliminary Schedule
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Wednesday, October 11: Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia

6 – 7:30 p.m.    “The Case for Telemann:" Live interdisciplinary talk show with performer and educator Gwyn Roberts, musicologists  Wolfgang Hirschmann and Steven Zohn, psychologist Lynn Zubernis, and art historian John Nici. Moderated by Fred Child of Live from Lincoln Center, with musical illustrations by Tempesta di Mare

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.    Break (food available for purchase)

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.   “Smells of France:" Telemann’s Concerto in E minor for two flutes, violin, and strings, TWV 53:e1; Overture in D major for  three oboes and strings, TWV 55:D15; and grand motet Deus judicium tuum, TVWV 7:7. Performed by Temple University’s Boyer Baroque Orchestra and Concert Choir.

Thursday, October 12: Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex, Temple University

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Registration
8:30 – 9 a.m.                         Coffee and pastries
8:45 – 9 a.m.                         Welcome

Enlightenment, Postmodernity, and Subjectivity (Chair: Jeanne Swack, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

9 – 10:30 a.m.   Bettina Varwig (University of Cambridge): “Telemann’s Subjects”
Steven Zohn (Temple University): “Sehet an die Exempel der Alten: Telemann’s (Pre-) Enlightenment Rhetoric”

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    Wolfgang Hirschmann (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): “Composing Freedom and the Freedom of the Composer: The Case of Telemann’s Pastorale en musique
Joyce Lindorff (Temple University): “Telemann, Rameau, and Castel’s ‘Enlightenment’ Harpsichord”

12:15 – 2 p.m.   Lunch on one’s own

Nature, the Body, and Theology (Chair: Bettina Varwig, King’s College London)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.     Markus Rathey (Yale University): “Body, Nature, and Emotion in Telemann’s Christmas Cantatas” Joyce Irwin (Princeton Research Forum): “Telemann’s Donnerode in the Context of Enlightenment Nature Theology”

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.    Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.    Andreas Waczkat (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): “Beyond Simplicity: Telemann’s Musical Idyll Der May, TVWV 20:40”

6 – 8 p.m.               Dinner on one’s own in Center City Philadelphia

8 – 9:30 p.m.         “The Fantastic Mr. Telemann”: Fantasias, quartets, and quintets by Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Johann Christian Bach performed by Night Music at Powel House

Friday, October 13: Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex, Temple University

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Registration

8:30 – 9 a.m.                 Coffee and pastries

Urban Contexts (Chair: Wolfgang Hirschmann, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

9 – 10:30 a.m.                Daniel R. Melamed (Indiana University): “Hamburg Passion Music ca. 1675-1721”

Tanya Kevorkian (Millersville University): “Weddings,  Trumpeters, and Civic Occasions: The Urban Musical Background in Leipzig, Frankfurt, and Hamburg”

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.        Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “A Tale of  Two Hamburgs:Christians, Jews, and the 1730 Kapitänsmusik of Georg Philipp Telemann”

Carsten Lange (Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung, Magdeburg): “Georg Philipp Telemann und Roger Brown: Anmerkungen zu einem Subskribenten der Musique de table (Hamburg 1733)”

12:15 – 2 p.m.          Lunch on one’s own                                   

Telemann and the Bach Family (Chair: Steven Zohn, Temple University)

2 – 3:30 p.m.            David Schulenberg (Wagner College): “Telemann as ‘General Capellmeister’ to the Bach Family”

Ellen Exner (New England Conservatory of Music): “Did Telemann Influence the Composition of Bach’s Cantata BWV 54?"

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.       Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.       Jason Grant (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works): “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Adaptations of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Chorales in His Hamburg Church Music”

6 – 7:45 p.m.             Conference Dinner at the Red Owl Tavern

8 – 10 p.m.                “The Faithful Music Master”: Vocal and instrumental chamber music by Telemann performed by Tempesta di Mare at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall

 Saturday, October 14: Chapel, Performing Arts Center, Temple University

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Registration

8:30 – 9 a.m.                   Coffee and pastries

Poets and Cantatas (Chair: Carsten Lange, Zentrum für  Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung, Magdeburg)

9 – 10:30 a.m.        Brit Reipsch (Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung, Magdeburg): “Zu Kirchenmusiken Telemanns auf Texte von  Michael Christoph Brandenburg”

Nina Eichholz (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden): “Georg Philipp Telemanns Stolbergischer Jahrgangnach Dichtungen von  Gottfried Behrndt”

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.    Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   Ralph-Jürgen Reipsch (Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung, Magdeburg): “Telemanns Jahrgang 1733/34: Methodische Überlegungen zur Identifizierung”

Kota Sato (Tokyo): “Telemann’s Recitative Notation in His  Church Cantatas”

12:15 – 2 p.m.   Lunch in the Performing Arts Center lobby

Performance Histories (Chair: Jason Grant, Carl Philipp Emanuel  Bach: The Complete Works)

2 – 3:30 p.m.    Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv Leipzig): “’In Teutschland wenig protestantische Kirchen zu finden . . . wo man nicht die Telemannischen Jahrgängeaufgeführt’: Performances of Telemann’s Cantatasin Breslau, Hirschberg, and Augsburg”

Nik Taylor (Washington, D.C.): “Performance History of  Telemann’s Engel-Jahrgang (Hermsdorf, 1748)”

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.       Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.       Recital of keyboard and vocal music by Telemann. Joyce Lindorff, harpsichord, and Lawrence Indik, baritone

6 – 8 p.m.                 Dinner on one’s own in Center City Philadelphia

8 – 10 p.m.              “Fire and Invention”: Telemann’s concertos en suite and Dresden entr’actes (including modern premieres) performed by Tempesta di Mare at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, October 16: Rock Hall Auditorium, Temple University

1 – 3 p.m.              Masterclass with Thomas Fritzsch, viola da gamba

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.    Telemann’s Fantaisies pour la Basse de Violle performed by Thomas Fritzsch

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the centrally-located Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City (237 South Broad Street, at the corner of Broad and Locust Streets and across from the Academy of Music). From the hotel it is a ten-minute subway ride on the Broad Street line to Temple University, and a fifteen-minute walk to the Thursday and Friday evening concert venues. The Saturday concert venue, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is just a block away. NOTE: THE DISCOUNTED HOTEL RATE IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8, 2017.

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Philadelphia is easily accessible by train via Amtrak’s 30th Street Station, which is just a few minutes from the city center by subway or car. Taxis from Philadelphia International Airport (where Uber and Lyft are not available) travel to anywhere within the city center for a flat rate of $28.50. Off-peak travel time is 15-20 minutes. There is also SEPTA regional rail service from the airport to the city center for $8 (Suburban Station is the most convenient stop). Travel time is about 25 minutes.


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Event prices are listed below. Registration fees include daily continental breakfast and coffee breaks, plus lunch on Saturday.

Early registration fee (by Sept. 15, 2017): $150 ($120 students)

Late registration fee (after Sept. 15, 2017): $180 ($150 students)

Early single-day registration fee (by Sept. 15, 2017)

            Thursday, 12 October: $45 ($35 students)

            Friday, 13 October: $45 ($35 students)

            Saturday, 14 October: $60 ($50 students)

Late single-day registration fee (after September 15, 2017)

            Thursday, 12 October: $55 ($45 students)

            Friday, 13 October: $55 ($45 students)

            Saturday, 14 October: $70 ($60 students)


Conference Banquet*

Friday, October 13, 6 – 7:45 p.m. at the Red Owl Tavern: $65                           

*Limited by space to the first 32 registrants; price excludes alchohol

Discounted Concert Tickets for the Philadelphia Telemann Festival

Free premium seats to the talk show “The Case for Telemann” with Tempesta di Mare and the concert “Smells of France” w/Temple University’s Boyer Baroque Orchestra and Concert Choir
Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 6-9:30 p.m

Concert on Thursday, Oct. 12 by Night Music, Powel House
8 – 9:30 p.m.: $20

Concert on Friday, Oct. 13 by Tempesta di Mare
American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall
8 – 10 p.m.: $20

Concert on Saturday evening, October 14 by Tempesta di Mare
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
8 – 10 p.m.: $25