Thursday, February 11, 2016

The first strain of the Teares of the Muses galliard from a rehearsal for our upcoming concert, the first of our Shakespeare anniversary shows. Chris Verrette, violin, Matt Antal, Steve Marvin and Sheila Smyth, violas and Laura Jones, bass violin. 

To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare

This season we commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare in a special series of concerts. Each program will have readings in pronunciation of the time from the plays and poems of he who Ben Jonson praised as the Swan of Avon with ayres, motets and madrigals ‘apt for voices or viols’, consort music played by our violin band led by Christopher Verrette, and lute solos.

8PM, Feb. 13th 2016
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. near Bay Subway

Running the gamut from the naughty to the tragic, the young women in the plays are never far from a lute. (Ophelia carries one; Katharina breaks one over her tutor’s head.) Love, loss and often justifiable haughtiness of the older women (in the great ladies and in the lute songs praising Elizabeth) are all considered by the playwright and in the poems set by Dowland, John Danyel, Campion and others. With dance music by Holborne, Johnson et al., actress Ruby Joy reads.

Single tickets at the door $30/$20 students & seniors

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