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Saint Anselm College English Professors Celebrated Shakespeare's Birthday at the first annual celebrationCaptured April 25, 1989, Professors Gary Bouchard and Landis Magnuson at the first celebration

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College Celebrates Shakespeare with First Folio and Sonnet Reading

April 13, 2016

Laura Lemire
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Shakespeare Sonnet Marathon April 25 Photo by Prof. Gary BouchardIn celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the English Department at Saint Anselm College has planned a series of events throughout the month of April. In addition to the 28th annual marathon sonnet reading in honor of Shakespeare's birthday, there will be a discussion of the newest edition of sonnets, a performance by an early modern music ensemble, and lectures at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.

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.

The 1623 First Folio is a significant historical publication featuring 36 of Shakespeare's plays. If it were not for two of Shakespeare's fellow actors and their collection of these works, 18 of the bard's most well-known masterpieces would have been lost forever, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra.

As the exhibition will travel nationwide, Saint Anselm College and the Currier Museum are especially honored to present the First Folio in the only venue it will be exhibited in New Hampshire and the Boston area. Another unique aspect of this stop on its tour is that this rare literary treasure will be on display in Manchester during the days of Shakespeare's birth and death in April.

The exhibition entitled "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the support of New Hampshire Humanities, as well as generous donations from other contributors.

Additional college events including the Ensemble Chaconne performance are sponsored by the English DepartmentFine Arts Department, and Conversatio Program. The college brings these exceptional musicians to campus with the assistance of a generous grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Event Schedule

Debut and Discussion of a new edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m., Dana Center Conference Room
Cider Mill Press in Maine is producing an enhanced edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets featuring gorgeous full-color artwork throughout. Cider Mill's founder, John F. Whalen Jr., a Saint Anselm alum from the class of 1983, will bring copies of the new volume to campus to discuss the vision and work that led to its production.

Workshop with Ensemble Chaconne
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., Dana Center, 1D
Prior to their evening performance, Ensemble Chaconne members will demonstrate their instruments.

Performance by Ensemble Chaccone
Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m., Dana Center, Koonz Theatre
An early modern music Ensemble will perform songs from Shakespeare's plays.

First Folio Late Night
Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m., Currier Museum of Art
As part of the exhibit at the Currier Museum, Professors Landis Magnuson and Gary Bouchard will speak about the relationship of performance to the printed word in Shakespeare's day.
Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m., lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Learn more on the Currier Museum's event page.
* Free and open to the public, an open bar will also be available

28th Annual Marathon Sonnet Reading on Shakespeare's Birthday
Monday, April 25, 10 a.m., behind Alumni Hall
The English Department will once again sponsor a marathon reading of all 154 of Shakespeare's Sonnets on the occasion of Shakespeare's birthday. As usual, the day-long festivities include theatrical performances, music, and birthday cake. Participants will be joining campus from as far as Idaho and as close at Maine. Twenty alumni will return to recite sonnets and several who are teachers are bringing their students. In addition, sonnets will be read in as many as seven languages and three will be sung by faculty, staff, and off-campus community participants.

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