Denver Information

35th Annual Conference
18 - 22 March 2009
Denver, Colorado

Denver Marriot City Center

Hosted by Metropolitan State College

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Come on down to “Denver Town, Home of Hospitality” and the Society’s 35th Annual Conference! The Program and Local Arrangements Committees have prepared an outstanding meeting, and the special events will be rich and numerous. Some of the highlights include the induction of the 2009 honorary member Tony Isaacs, founder and chief recordist of Indian House Records, and an accompanying performance of Plains’ style music by a prominent Colorado drum and singing group; a concert by Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band, recreating the music of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show; and a concert by St. Martin’s Chamber Choir of choral music by Colorado composers. Conference attendees will have a choice of several special Friday excursions, including a visit to the famous Denver Pow-Wow; a walking tour of historic Denver sites capped off by afternoon tea at the Brown Palace Hotel; or a trip to nearby Central City, with a stop at the Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum and a gourmet dinner at the historic Fort Restaurant. The traditional SAM banquet will be closed by a good old-fashioned high-plains hoe down to the accompaniment of Chris Kermiet and old-timey band Poultry in Motion. The conference will be occurring on the same weekend as a number of fine cultural events. The featured repertoire for the Colorado Symphony concert on Friday night will be Puccini’s Preludio sinfonico, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, and the newly expanded Denver Art Museum will be featuring a number of timely exhibits, several of which showcase the museum’s fine collection of Western art.

In keeping with the Society’s mission to encourage the understanding of American music in all of its diversity, the Program Committee is pleased to sponsor presentations and performances covering the entire historical, ethnic, geographic, and stylistic range of American music. The Committee is particularly glad to note that the main themes of the conference—Native American music and music in the West—are very well represented on the program. No less than seven sessions will be devoted to Native American/First Nations/Indigenous musical traditions of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, surely a first for SAM. And sessions devoted to topics as wide-ranging as Cage and Sousa, Canadian composers, popular music in Los Angeles, Colorado music, Julius Eastman and experimental music, 18th- and 19th-century repertories, and musical theater also appear on the program. The diversity and depth of American music research as represented on the 2009 SAM program is truly exciting. See you in Denver!

- Larry Worster and John Koegel

Conference Program

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Special Events and Tours

2009 Honorary Member: Tony Isaacs, Founder, Indian House Records

Photo courtesy of Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Program Committee:
John Koegel (Chair), Michael Pisani, Ann Sears, Cecilia Sun, Patricia Woodard, Mina Yang

Local Arrangements Committee:
Larry Worster (Chair), Joice Gibson, Petra Meyer-Frazier, Peter Schimpf, Trudi Wright