Registration (including lunch) is free for WEKA members and $45 (including lunch) for non-WEKA members; for seniors over 65 the fee is $35 and for students $25. 2008 2009 membership dues are due June 1. Dues are: regular - $45, senior over 65 - $35, and students $25. WEKA dues may be sent directly to Sandy Petty at MusicSources. When sending membership dues, please indicate if you will attend the June 8 conference. ...
To what extent did music lend its voice to political and cultural ideas of its time? How did composers react to the permanently changing relations between art, politics and society? Or, how did political and religious rulers manage to involve composers in the organised spreading of their ideals?
The 2008 edition of the Festival of Flanders - Bruges, Musica Antiqua - from now on MAfestival - focuses on some of the political aspects of early music in England. What was it that incited a prominent member of the Royal Chapel like William Byrd to compose almost 200 works in Latin, including several catholic masses, at a time when the Reformation of Queen Elisabeth did forbid it? What was the hidden agenda of Thomas Morley when he composed his Oriana madrigals? 'Long live Elisabeth'? Or indeed 'au contraire'? How did John Blow succeed, at the dawn of the English opera, to insert his Venus & Adonis into the ideas of nation building? And what did Bach and Abel have in common with freemasonry? These and other political questions are to be found within the diversified offer of concerts the 45th edition of the festival is proposing. ...
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