Date 26/5/03 No 066/03
Solo performances on up to 25 musical instruments will illustrate
a public lecture, at the University of New England, on the role
of music throughout history and across cultures.
A typical review praises the performer, Lauren Pelon, for "her
beautiful, fervent voice and her extraordinary talents on an assortment
of unusual but authentic instruments".
The 2003 Gordon Athol Anderson Memorial Lecture, titled "The
Living Roots of Music", will be in UNE's Lazenby Hall at 8
pm on Thursday 5 June. During the lecture/performance Ms Pelon will
not only sing, but also play instruments such as the lyre, psalmodikon,
cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, rackett, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy
and doucaine. She will perform her own compositions, as well as
music from ancient Greece, medieval and renaissance Europe, Asia,
Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Lauren Pelon lives in Minneapolis, USA, where she has established
a museum with her collection of musical instruments from around
the world. She has studied music history and instrumentation in
a number of countries, and has performed throughout the United States,
appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras and on special television
She has also performed in Canada, Europe, China, Kazakhstan, New
Zealand, and Australia. She was one of 12 American ethnomusicologists
and music educators selected to tour China and Kazakhstan in 1992
to research the music of ethnic minorities.
The Gordon Athol Anderson lecture series began in 1983, and has
been given every year since then. It commemorates the work of Professor
Gordon Anderson, who held a personal Chair in Music at UNE from
1979 until his death in 1981. Professor Anderson was the first Australian
academic to make an international impact on the study of medieval
Ms Pelon is the fourth American presenter of a Gordon Athol Anderson
lecture. Her wide-ranging performance will touch on many of Professor
Anderson's principal interests as a music scholar. It will be followed
by supper in the Lazenby Hall foyer.
Media contact: Ann Ghandar, UNE Music, Armidale (02) 6773 6456,
Simone Pearce, Events Coordinator, UNE, Armidale (02) 6773 3955
or Jim Scanlan, Public Relations, UNE, Armidale (02) 6773 3049.