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The American History and Music Project(TM) Parlor Lyceum series kicks off inaugural season May 26

The American History and Music Project(TM) Parlor Lyceum inaugural season; Salem, Mass., begins May 26, 2010, performance/lecture and lecture series continues through June 30.

 
 
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PRLog - May 17, 2010 - SALEM, Mass. -- EDITORS please note:
1) Jim and Maggi Dalton, Bob Booth, are all available for media interviews
2) Please note there is no "e" in "Maggi"

SALEM, Mass. -- Ever wonder about the cultural history of Salem beyond witches, ghosts, and Hallowe'en? Salem, Massachusetts has had an exciting history and historian/musicians Jim and Maggi Dalton and historian Robert Booth will take you to visit some surprising people from Salem's past. All three are also co-founders and directors of the Salem History Society and directors of the Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions/American History and Music Project.

The American History and Music Project(TM) Parlor Lyceum series kicks off its inaugural season with four consecutive events in Salem, Mass., beginning May 26, 2010. The series of illustrated lectures and lecture/performances will cover topics including music in Salem's history, highlighting such musicians as bandleader P.S. Gilmore and composer Arthur Foote; the startling reasons for the decline of Salem in the 1820s, and the role of music in Celtic history and ritual observances.

The AHMP Parlor Lyceum is a program of the nonprofit cultural organization, IMHCT.ORG, and the series is partially supported by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council. Go to http://imhct.org for more information.

These illustrated lectures and performance/lectures will each be held 7 p.m. in the Parlor at The FIRST CHURCH in SALEM, First Congregational Society (Unitarian) 316 Essex Street Salem, Massachusetts 01970 USA (978) 744-1551 Directions: http://www.firstchurchinsalem.org/directions.htm

Light refreshments will be served, and the atmosphere will be informal and conversational.

Topics include:

May 26 2010 "Gilmore's Road to Salem: The Fiddle Tune, the Irish Bandmaster, and the Winter Island Muster" ~Jim Dalton

Salem proudly claims Patrick S. Gilmore as a "favorite son," but Gilmore's musical journey to and from his Salem days was crowded with surprising accomplishments and adventures. Enjoy the saga of one of the most famous musicians in 19th-century America. In this illustrated lecture, using the music Gilmore brought to the Winter Island muster of 1853 (and beyond) as his focus, Jim Dalton explores the event, the man, and the music.

June 2 2010 "History, Harmony, and Headlines: the Footes of Salem, Music, & The Salem Gazette" ~Maggi Smith-Dalton

Music wove its magical thread through the lives of the Foote family of Salem, bequeathing its gifts to them, and, through them, to America at large. You'll share that adventure during this musical/illustrated talk, focusing on composer and musician Arthur Foote, one of the most important musical figures of his time. We'll also take a long and fascinating look at the importance of The Salem Gazette, edited by his father, in 19th-century Salem, and come to understand why the Gazette was "familiar and welcome as an old friend in the homes of succeeding generations of Essex County people during more than a hundred years,"-- beloved, then, and now.

June 23 2010 "Salem's Fate: The Decline & Fall of Salem as World Trader in the 1820s" ~Robert Booth

In 1820, Salem was the richest place, per capita, in America, the eighth-largest in population, and a center of culture, finance, insurance, and publishing. But a worldwide depression and changes in Congressional policy and the rise of the industrial economy had a profound impact on Salem's shipping, and forced the merchants to explore new lines of business.

Stephen White, merchant, led the effort to create a modern Salem, reflected in unification of the town's long-divided politics, the building of East India Marine Hall, the founding of the Barton Square Independent Church, and the industrial ambitions of Salem Mill Dam Corporation. These efforts were interrupted in 1830 by the assassination of White's adoptive father, Capt. Joseph White, among the seaport's richest men. Stephen was framed for the murder; the trial exposed a dark underside, and Salem was never the same. Join historian Robert Booth as we explore the surprising saga of "Salem's Fate."

June 30 2010 "Singing through the Seasons: Celtic Music as 'The Measure of the Year'" ~Jim and Maggi Dalton

The Celtic peoples (who historically populated most of Europe, most familiar now as those whose roots are in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales; Padania and Portugal) are known worldwide as a music-loving, musically-vibrant culture. This illustrated performance/lecture will feature Celtic music, folklore, and history from the various main roots and branches of Celtic music. Through live performance of Celtic song and dance music, we'll explore the importance of seasonal ritual music in human history and culture.

TICKETS Go to http://imhct.org for information on program and to purchase tickets - online, or by mail; tickets also available at the door.

Or email or write to us at the address above.

Adults: $7.50 per session if you buy a season ticket, ($30 in advance, or on the first night of the lecture (5/26).

$10 at the door for each single ticket.

Children or Students with IDs: $5.00 at the door each session, $15.00 for the series ticket in advance or at the first session.

Children accompanied by adult, 12 years and younger, free.

The AHMP Parlor Lyceum Series is planned to be an annual event. Each year will feature a variety of speakers drawn from the worlds of academia, the arts, and cultural institutions regionally and nationwide.The IMHCT/AHMP board expresses its deep gratitude to The FIRST CHURCH in SALEM First Congregational Society (Unitarian) and"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

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SALEM, Mass. The American History and Music Project(TM) Parlor Lyceum series kicks off its inaugural season with four consecutive events in Salem, Mass., beginning May 26, 2010. The series of illustrated lectures and lecture/performances will cover topics including music in Salem's history, highlighting such musicians as bandleader P.S. Gilmore and composer Arthur Foote; the startling reasons for the decline of Salem in the 1820s; and the role of music in Celtic history and ritual observances. The AHMP Parlor Lyceum is a program of the nonprofit cultural organization, IMHCT.ORG, and the series is partially supported by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council. Go to http://imhct.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

These illustrated lectures and performance/lectures will each be held 7 p.m. in the Parlor at The FIRST CHURCH in SALEM, First Congregational Society (Unitarian) 316 Essex Street Salem, Massachusetts 01970 USA (978) 744-1551 Directions: http://www.firstchurchinsalem.org/directions.htm

The American History and Music Project(TM) Parlor Lyceum series

May 26 2010 "Gilmore's Road to Salem: The Fiddle Tune, the Irish Bandmaster, and the Winter Island Muster" ~Jim Dalton

June 2 2010 "History, Harmony, and Headlines: the Footes of Salem, Music, & The Salem Gazette" ~Maggi Smith-Dalton

June 23 2010 "Salem's Fate: The Decline & Fall of Salem as World Trader in the 1820s" ~Robert Booth

June 30 2010 "Singing through the Seasons: Celtic Music as 'The Measure of the Year'" ~Jim and Maggi Dalton



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