School of Music

Gluck Conference


"Gluck and the Map of Eighteenth-Century Music"

Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 17-19 October 2014

This interdisciplinary conference, planned to coincide with the tercentenary of the birth of composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), aims to re-evaluate the life and work of this pivotal figure in music history from new perspectives. Our common theme will be to explore Gluck's theatrical works (operas and/or ballets) as they reflect the pluralist identity of the itinerant eighteenth-century musician, continuously adapting to changing tastes at the courts of Europe. For such a composer, the fluidity of musical texts—notoriously borrowed, repurposed, or revised—may also reveal a "map" of sorts: one that retains multiple stylistic and aesthetic imprints of time and place. Highlights of our conference will include a keynote speech by Prof. Bruce Alan Brown (University of Southern California) and several concerts, among them a reconstruction of Gluck's fragmentary 1746 opera for London La caduta de' giganti.

Directions to Western Illinois University and Macomb, Illinois:

Local Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Americinn Lodge and Suites in Monmouth, IL for October 17 and 18, 2014. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at (309) 734-9958 and mention the Gluck conference. The room rate will be $89.90 per night; these non-smoking rooms have 2 queen beds, refrigerator, hairdryer, and an ironing board and iron. Wireless internet is available, and the hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool, a fitness center, and a business center.

Monmouth, IL, the birthplace of Wyatt Earp, is approximately 35 minutes from Macomb by car. We are making arrangements to shuttle conference attendees to and from the conference, and further details will be announced.

Accommodations in Macomb will be challenging to find as our conference coincides with Western Illinois University’s popular “Dad’s Weekend.” However, if you would like to make your own arrangements for accommodation, you may wish to consult Macomb's Visitor Guide.

We look forward to welcoming you to Macomb and area!

Other local accommodations (contact for more info)

Conference Chair: Brian Locke (

Local arrangements: Anita Hardeman (