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Music Conference Planned at WIU in October 2014

December 3, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Music will host an international interdisciplinary conference in October 2014 and is issuing a "call for papers" to be presented.

The conference will be held Oct. 17-19, 2014, in Macomb and is planned to coincide with the 1714 birthday of composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. Organizers said the goal of the conference is to re-evaluate the life and work of Gluck from a new perspective.

"Our common theme will be to explore Gluck's theatrical works (operas and/or ballets) as they reflect the pluralist identity of the itinerant 18th century musician, continuously adapting to changing tastes at the courts of Europe," said Music Professor Brian Locke.

The conference will include a keynote speech by University of Southern California Professor Bruce Alan Brown, as well as several concerts that will include a reconstruction of Gluck's 1746 opera for London, "La caduta de' giganti."

Organizers are currently accepting proposals for individual papers and 30-minute lecture-recitals, followed by questions and discussion and round-table and 90-minute panel sessions, including discussion.

An abstract of about 350 words can be sent to Locke by March 1, 2014, at

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