Music colloquium scheduled March 3 The Department of History of The University of South Dakota, with support from the University Honors Program, presents the Second Spring Colloquium in the history of Music.
The colloquium will take place in Farber Hall in Old Main in USD's campus on Friday, March 3, from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m.
Mary Oleskiewicz, curator of musical instruments, America's Shrine to Music Museum, and assistant professor of music, USD, will present "Flutes, Fakes, and First Impressions: Some Things Aren't Really What They Seem."
Eighteenth-century music manuscripts and musical instruments have long been fraught with dangers for the unsuspecting amateur collector or music lover. Oleskiewicz shows how faulty first impressions about two of these items have survived and confused generations of scholars and musicians: a stolen flute of King Frederick the Great of Prussia, a fake "autograph" musical score by his favorite flutist-composer, Johann Joachim Quantz.
She also discusses the mysteries surrounding a well-known painting of Louis XIV's flutist Michel de La Barre. Journeying to the palace of Sanssouci, the Brussels Conservatory of Music, and the National Gallery in London, Oleskiewicz's audience will view historical photo-graphs and enjoy a musical demonstration of King Frederick's favorite flute.
The last colloquium in this series will take place May 5, when Richard Rognstad, associate professor of music, USD, presents "American Art Music before the First World War: Why Bother?"
All lectures are free and open to the public.