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Music Group to Perform Songs from Shakespeare's Plays

April 19, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Ensemble ChaconneThis year, as part of Saint Anselm College's celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, early modern music group, Ensemble Chaconne, will perform at the Dana Center on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

The performance, titled, "Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare's Plays," will include songs from eleven of Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest, Macbeth, and more.

The performance is open to the public. It is free for Saint Anselm students, however, there will be baskets at the doors to invite a recommended $10 donation from the general public and other attendees.

Three members of Ensemble Chaconne, Peter H. Bloom, Carol Lewis, and Olav Chris Henriksen, will be accompanied by guest artist mezzo-soprano Burcu Gulec. Playing instruments popular during Shakespeare's time, such as the Renaissance flute, the viola de gamba, and the Renaissance lute, the group will take the audience back in time to the Elizabethan Era through a mix of music styles, from love songs and humor to tragedies and drama.

In addition, the musicians will conduct a workshop, "As They Like It: Musical Instruments and Performing Styles of Shakespeare's Time" on the afternoon of April 20 in 1D of the Dana Center prior to their performance that evening. There, they will demonstrate their singing styles and historical instruments with commentary and musical examples.

Wednesday's performance is made possible by a generous grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and funding from the English Department, Fine Arts Department, and the Conversatio Program.

The college is also partnering with the Currier Museum as well as the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of New Hampshire for an exhibition featuring the Shakespeare's First Folio, on view from April 9, 2016 to May 1, 2016 at the Currier.

Additional college events include the 28th annual marathon sonnet reading for Shakespeare's birthday and lectures by Professors Landis Magnuson and Gary Bouchard at the Currier Museum's First Folio Late Night event on April 21 at 6 p.m.

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Story by Lauren Wanless '17; Photo: Courtesy of Ensemble Chaconne

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