National Music Museum will host conference

National Music Museum will host conference
More than 150 musical instrument collectors, curators, historians, makers, scholars, and other specialists from around the world will make the pilgrimage to the National Music Museum at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion for a major, international conference, May 19-23.

The event will mark the 35th anniversary of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS). Joining the celebration will be members of The Galpin Society (the British counterpart of AMIS) and the International Council of Museum's International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums.

Participants will be coming from Auckland, New Zealand; Kyoto, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey; Antwerp and

Den Haag, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Cremona, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, and Rome, Italy; Berlin, Blankenburg, Halle, Hamburg, Leipzig, Markneu-kirchen, and Nuremberg, Germany; Cambridge, Lewes, London, Oxford, and Plymouth, England; The Canary Islands, Isle of Man; Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Waterloo, Canada; Lisbon and Vilar Do Paraiso, Portugal; Edinburgh, Scotland; Mexico City, Mexico; Bellenaves, Chatillon, Malakoff, and Paris, France; Stockholm, Sweden; and, Copenhagen, Denmark.

During the five-day conference, internationally known specialists will offer lectures, panel discussions, concerts played on 17th- and 18th-century harpsichords from the National Music Museum's collections, traditional Spanish dancing with castanets, and music from South India.

In return, The Oyate Singers and Drummers will provide a Lakota cultural presentation. Culinary delights will include South Dakota buffalo, pheasant, walleye, and a pig roast.

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