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His lecture to celebrate new music history scholarship

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 6, 2005 -- James Ladewig, professor of music history at the University of Rhode Island will lecture on “The Emergence of the Musical Score during the Renaissance and Baroque Eras,” on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, URI Kingston campus. The talk is part of the URI Music Department, UNIVERSITY ARTIST SERIES.

The lecture will also celebrate the newly established James Ladewig Scholarship in music history. The scholarship’s first recipient, James Macartney will be introduced.

General admission is $8, students $2. All proceeds will go to the Ladewig Scholarship Endowment.

The scholarship was endowed through an anonymous $16,500 gift from a recent graduate who greatly appreciated the excellent level of teaching that Ladewig has brought to the University during the past 20 years.

Ladewig is responsible for expanding the URI music history curriculum from traditional classical repertory to include world music, jazz, and popular music.

A specialist in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, in particular instrumental and keyboard music of Italy, Ladewig has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Musicology, Frescobaldi Studies, and Studi Musicali. He recently edited the 30-volume series, Italian Instrumental Music of the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries: Previously Unpublished Full Scores of Major Works from the Renaissance and Early Baroque (New York & London: Garland Publishing).

Ladewig has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and the Renaissance Society of America. Currently he is the treasurer and member of the board of directors of the American Musicological Society.

James Macartney, from Wakefield, is a music major at URI working toward two degrees: a bachelor of arts in music history and a bachelor of music in music education. He is also a guitarist and studies with Daniel Salazar and Eric Hofbauer at URI. In the area of music history, he is currently working with Ladewig on an independent study, the topic of which is pastoral features in Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem, From Bohemia’s Meadows and Forests. After graduation, he plans to continue his studies at graduate school.

Pictured above:
James Ladewig, professor of music history talks with URI student James
Macartney, the first recipient of a scholarship established in Ladewig’s
honor. URI News Bureau photo by Nora Lewis.