The 33rd annual conference of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) will take place May 19-22 in historic Old Salem. This year’s event, which is hosted by the Wake Forest University Department of Music, Old Salem Inc. and Duke University’s music department, will commemorate the life and career of American organ builder David Tannenberg.
The conference will include a tour of early instruments in Old Salem; a visit to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA); formal paper sessions; a silent auction; and a trip to Durham, where attendees will view the Eddy Collection, an instrument collection at Duke, visit Vince Simonetti’s Tuba Exchange and hear a recital on a restored 1805 Clementi piano.
This year’s conference coincides with the observance, by MESDA and the local Moravian community, of the 200th anniversary of the death of David Tannenberg. Tanneberg died May 19, 1804. An organ built by Tannenberg has been restored by the firm Taylor & Boody and is now installed in its new location in Old Salem.
Pre-registration is open until April 15. On-site registration begins at noon May 19 in the Old Salem Visitor Center. For a complete schedule of events or to pre-register, visit http://www.amis.org/meet/amismeet.htm. For information, contact Stewart Carter, Wake Forest professor of music and chair of AMIS 2004, at 336-758-5106.
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