Fall 2012 Meeting

Date and Location

Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2012

Sessions held at Butler University
4600 Sunset
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Local Host: Prof. James Briscoe (phone: 317-366-6663)

Conference Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest (see Accommodations section for details)


Saturday, September 29

8:30-9:00am Coffee and refreshments
9:00-10:30am Session 1: New Paths in Musical Historiography and Biography

Peter S. Poulos, University of Cincinnati
"Simone Molinaro’s Madrigali a cinque voci: Musical Patronage and Cultural Exchange"

Michael Siletti, University of Illinois
“'One thing you must cut out': Constructing Musical Biography and the Case of Ethelbert Nevin"

Kristy Johns Swift, University of Cincinnati
"Donald Jay Grout and 'The Lunatic Fringe'"
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:15pm Session 2: Debussy Contexts

James Briscoe, Butler University
"Debussy in American Post-Modernism"

Brian Hart, Northern Illinois University
"Competing Cultural Identifications for the Symphony in Debussy’s France"

Keynote speaker: David M. Hertz, Indiana University
"Debussy, Symbolism, and the Attack on the Sequence"
12:15-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3:30pm Session 3: Musical Mementos and Memorials

Dan Blim, University of Michigan
"Trauma, Absence, Identity: The 'Ethical Responsibility' of Memorializing 9/11 in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls"

Lucy Liu, Indiana University
"Signification by Dying Away: Mahler’s Allegorical Treatment of the Funeral March Topic in 'Der Abschied'"

Brian MacGilvray, Case Western Reserve University
"Shaping the Memento Mori: Froberger’s Meditation faite sur ma mort future and Seventeenth-Century Vanitas Art"
3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-5:15pm Session 4: Performance Contexts

Melanie Batoff, University of Michigan
"The Visitatio sepulchri at the twelfth-century Salzburg Cathedral: The Role of Musical Performance in Strengthening Community"

John Stine, University of Cincinnati
"Symphonies Fit for an Empress: The Symphonies of Paul Wranitzky Composed and Performed at the Court of Empress Marie Therese"

Marian Wilson Kimber, University of Iowa
"Food of the Spirit: The Music of American Choral Speaking"
5:15pm Business meeting

Sunday, September 30

8:30-9:00am Coffee and refreshments
9:00-10:15am Session 5: Issues of Reception

Jane Harrison, Ohio State University
"André Caplet and Henri Rabaud, Two Different Debussystes"

Leah G. Weinberg, University of Michigan
"Silencing La belle: Philip Glass’s Film-Opera Through the Critic’s Lens"

Lisa Cooper Vest, Indiana University
“'A Survey about the Work of Igor Stravinsky' (1957): Stravinsky Reception and Polish Cultural Confidence at the Beginning of the 'Thaw'"
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30am-12:15pm Session 6: Problems of Musical Aesthetics

Joshua Groffman, Indiana University
"One set of ears will not suffice: Form and temporality in Kaija Saariaho’s ... à la Fumée"

Elizabeth Hopkins, University of Chicago
"Phantom Simulacra: Echoes and the Postmodern Sublime in Late 20th-Century American Music"

Emily Wuchner, University of Illinois
"Entrances and Afterthoughts: Schumann’s Compositional Process in the Waldszenen, Op. 82

Special Events

Butler has planned a Debussy Festival for early fall 2012 celebrating the sesquicentenary of his birth. The festival will center on a concert of the Butler Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon, 30 September at 3:00 in Clowes Memorial Hall. The orchestra will perform the Nocturnes, with the women of the Butler Chorale and Choir singing the enchanting sirens, no words needed for the task, in the third movement. The Butler Ballet will also stage the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun on the apron in front of the orchestra. Fitting squarely into the AMS-Midwest schedule, a piano recital of solo, duo, and duet music will be given on Saturday evening 29 September at 8:00. This too will be free of charge and will take place in the Eidson-Duckwall recital hall in the music complex.

Attending the Meeting


  • Wingate by Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest
    6240 Intech Commons Drive (at I-465 and 71st St. W.), Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 275-7000
    A block of rooms has been set aside for the Chapter at the Wyndham: make reservation by phone and specify "AMS"; ask for Mr. William Lance if there are questions. The discounted rate is $79.90 plus taxes (about $95 total). Parking, full breakfast, exercise room, and full wifi are complimentary.
  • The Columbia Club
    121 Monument Circle
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 767-1361
  • Old Northside Bed and Breakfast
    1340 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (317) 635-9123/(800) 635-9127
  • The Villa Inn
    1456 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (317) 916-8500/(866) 626-8500
  • Nestle Inn
    637 N. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (317) 610-5200



From Indianapolis International Airport, take a cab unless you rent a car. The downtown express bus will get you too far afield. If you rent a car, follow directions to I-70 E but be careful then to follow I-74W Peoria/I-465N. Take I-465N to the hotel.


Direct buses to and from Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, and Louisville. Buses with change in Chicago are available from most large cities in the Chapter. A reasonable conveyance. Once in downtown Indianapolis, take a cab.


Indianapolis is on Amtrak's Cardinal/Hoosier State line. The line runs eastbound to Indianapolis from Chicago and westbound from Cincinnati. Once in downtown Indianapolis, take a cab.


Driving directions to the Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest.

From the conference hotel to Butler University, Lilly Hall room 120, and the AMS-MW meetings:

Go to 71st St. W by a few twists leaving the hotel, turn right (east) on 71st, cross Georgetown and then Guion Roads, and turn right (south) on Michigan Road (named Westlane on the east side of Michigan). A CVS drug store will be on your left; watch for this CVS as a visual marker upon returning to the hotel.

Go south on Michigan Road 3 miles to 42nd St, and turn left (E). At the first real street, Haughey, turn left and follow around to Butler. In two blocks turn left onto Sunset immediately past the dorms on either side. Once on Sunset, turn left at the very large Clowes Hall and the Schrott Center, under construction.


Park anywhere on Saturday and Sunday but in the usual prohibited spaces such as fire hydrants. On Saturdays and Sundays you may park in student, guest, or faculty parking spots. Enter Lilly Hall, the building west of Clowes Memorial Hall, and come to Lilly Hall 120.


Near the Wingate by Wyndham. If you’re hungry and want to eat before checking in Friday, take 86th St E from either I-65, or from I-465 in west Indianapolis. You will arrive soon at Trader’s Point Center, where there are several restaurant choices mentioned below.

  • Abuello's
    5910 West 86th Street; Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 876-0250
    At Trader’s Point. Good Mexican food, reasonably priced.
  • The Loft at Trader's Point
    9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, IN 46077
    (317) 733-1700
    American fare. One of the delightful NW Indy restaurants. Give this a try on Friday night upon arriving. Reservations mandatory online, a bit pricey. “Fresh. Seasonal. Organic. Our Dinner Menu offers new items that will delight your taste buds and give you that warm, cozy feeling on the inside. From our ever-popular 100% grassfed beef creations, to elk t-bone steak, Australian rack of lamb, wild boar, and duck`a l’orange to name a few, you are sure to find a memorable meal at The Loft. Our new menu also offers an exciting selection of seafood creations and vegetarian and vegan entrees.” Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 5-9. Friday & Saturday 5–9:30pm.
  • Rick's Boatyard
    4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254
    (317) 290-9300
    Steak & Seafood. Very delicious and a fine atmosphere overlooking Eagle Creek Reservoir, but pricey in evenings.
  • Gatsby's Pub
    6335 Intech Commons Dr., Indianapolis IN 46278
    Bar & Grill. Enjoyed by many for food and drink. Walking distance to Wyndham. Reasonable prices.
  • Chef Mike's
    7102 Woodland Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 295-9490
    Bar & Grill. Near the Wingate by Wyndham.
  • Ted's Montana Grill
    5910 W. 86th St. #134, Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 875-8337
    American fare. At Trader's Point.
  • Macaroni Grill
    5720 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 337-0014
    Italian. Get reservations. Recommended for Friday evening dinner. Very good, enjoyed by local AMS folk, reasonably priced, at Trader’s Point Shopping Center.
  • Panera Bread
    At Trader’s Point, a restaurant chain with agreeable food known to all. Closes at 9:00 p.m.
  • Bob Evans
    6330 W. 71st St., Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 299-2529
    American Fare. Just at the Wyndham, standard fare for a late-night supper.
  • Quizno's Subs
    6320 Intech Commons Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 275-2260
    Sandwiches. Also very near the meeting hotel, but local hosts prefer Gatsby’s.
  • Le Peep
    6335 Intech Commons Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 275-7337
    Breakfast/Brunch. Excellent eggs and other breakfast dishes, sandwiches, soups, doesn’t serve dinner. Reasonably priced and a locals’ high favorite. Very near the Wyndham.
  • Squealer's
    5515 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268
    (317) 871-7427
    Barbecue. At Trader's Point Shopping Center.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
    5830 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268
    (317) 704-0024
    At Trader's Point.

Or try the quaint, historic [Sarah Bernhardt performed there], brick-streeted community of Zionsville, NW of the Wyndham about 10 minutes. Get driving directions from the hotel desk clerk. If you have a bit of time Friday evening, try one of these. Highly recommended.

Restaurants near Butler, highly recommended if attending the Friday evening pre-concert talk and piano recital in Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.

  • The Illinois Street Emporium
    This is a long-time favorite and Butler’s closest eatery of quality, serving delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and remarkable European pastries and cakes. Local host Jim Briscoe always gets the daily special, soup and a half sandwich. From Butler go due east, Clowes and Schrott on your left, and into 46th St. In 4 blocks at Illinois take a left (N) and go almost a mile to the Emporium, but just pass it, turning left on 56th and taking a quick left into the CVS parking lot (permitted). This is your choice for a Saturday evening early, relaxed dinner. Raise a glass of California, toast to our joys as musicologists, and relax ‘til 7:00 and the drive back to Butler and the pre-concert talk.
  • Broad Ripple Village
    From Butler cross Sunset, going east away from Lilly Hall at Clowes and the Schrott Center (on your left), entering straight onto 46th Street. Continue 1.5 miles to College Avenue and turn left (northward), and proceed to one of these restaurants on College, all reasonably priced at $7-13 each entrée. Yat’s and probably Taste will get you back in time for the pre-concert talk. These are on your right going north on College:
    • Taste
      5164 N. College
      An expanded deli of sorts. Try the curried chicken salad or the pommes frites with mayo aioli. Excellent sandwiches, quiche, soups, all unusual and delicious, such as the all-green Erin. Catering to delicate and sophisticated taste.
    • Yat’s
      5365 N. College
      Cajun and Creole, this commentator’s view of paradise here below, a refreshing side-trip to the Big Easy. Of all these on College and Broad Ripple, Yat’s alone serves no alcoholic beverages, paradoxically. Walk across College to the Cornerstone for an aperitif or after-dinner cordial if time permits.
    • Naked Tchopstix
      6253 N. College
      Well-prepared Asian fare. Try the full-meal Bento Box in one of several varieties. Our local hosts like the Korean bulgogi barbecue and General Tso’s tofu.


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is splendid in French impressionism and American post-modern art, and is the 7th largest comprehensive collection in the U.S. (of thorough period coverage). On your brief visit, also see the excellent 19th-century American collection adjacent to the impressionist. Admission is free, the only such happy occasion among major museums. Half-circle the right parking lot and park there--if for $5! There is a very good café, “Nourish,” as you enter the Museum.


Local forecast for Indianapolis from the National Weather Service.


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