Renaissance Music Seminar

The Renaissance in the Southwest: Musical Defiance of the Conquest

Presented by Kimberly Marshall, Goldman Professor of Organ, School of Music, ASU & Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Eventbrite - Renaissance Music Seminar

Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:30pm
ASU Organ Hall
50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
Free and open to the public

Sponsored by ACMRS, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Hispanic Research Center at ASU, ASU School of International Letters & Cultures, and Chipotle Mexican Grill

The program will explore the rich and often overlooked heritage of the American Southwest, and emphasize the centrality of Arizona within the history of the Early Modern period. A tapestry of many cultural threads, from the Northern European Baroque to the polyphony of colonial Mexico and the musical creations of indigenous composers, comprises the American Southwest experience, and this seminar will highlight those different and fascinating components, historically and-more importantly-musically.

Program Itinerary
1:00pm - Welcome and presentation of the theme by Kimberly Marshall and Sharonah Fredrick
The Renaissance Heritage of Arizona: Cultures in Conflict and Music as Bridge/Battleground
1:20 - 2:30pm - Lecture & Discussion with Sharonah Fredrick
How the music came to be: The historical landscape of Arizona during the Spanish Conquest and the phenomenon of Jesuit-Indigenous artistic confluence
2:30 - 3:00pm Discussion & Refreshments
3:00 - 4:00pm - Master performance by Professor Kimberly Marshall and analysis
4:00 - 4:30pm - Discussion & Closing Remarks

About Kimberly Marshall
Dr. Kimberly Marshall (D.Phil. in Music from the University of Oxford) is a professor and Director of the School of Music at Arizona State University. She is a world renowned concert organist, performs regularly in Europe, the US and Asia giving concerts in London's Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral, King's College, Cambridge, Chartres Cathedral, Uppsala Cathedral, and the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Her playing has been reviewed as informed by research into obscure repertoire and by a knowledge of performance practice; her work reflects a great enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Marshall was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research and teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia. Previous teaching positions include the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Stanford University, California
Dr. Marshall has performed in several prestigious venues on renowned historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden; Roskilde Cathedral (Denmark), the St. Laurenskerk, Alkmaar (Netherlands), the Jacobikirche Hamburg, as well as the famous Hildebrandt instrument in Naumburg, Germany, which Bach examined in 1746.

Her edition of articles on female traditions of musicmaking, Rediscovering the Muses, was published by Northeastern University Press in 1993, and she contributed entries for the Grove Dictionary of Music 2000 and for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. She has recorded for Radio-France, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

About Sharonah Fredrick
Sharonah Fredrick joined ACMRS as its full-time Assistant Director in May 2014. She earned her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at Stony Brook University and her research focuses on the impact of the Early Modern Period in Latin America and on the effects of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests on the Native American peoples and on Africans in the New World. She is particularly interested in the manifestations of Pre-Columbian religion in epics authored in Latin America in the 16th-18th centuries, and issues of cultural survival and religious syncretism.

Sharonah speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English, with some Arabic as well. She also enjoys exploring the world of Celtic pre-Christian myth, and the medieval literature of Sephardic Jewish culture, both before and after the 1492 expulsion, in Spain and the New World. Sharonah has an Ph.D in Latin American Colonial and Indigenous Literature from SUNY Stony Brook, an MA in Renaissance and Medieval History from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA in Latin American Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and a TEFL English Teaching Certificate from the International TEFL Teachers Consortium (ITTO) in Guadalajara, Mexico.