SWEET SWAN OF AVON
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
SHAKESPEARE’S LIVES OF GIRLS & WOMEN
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, Robert Jones and others. With dance music by Holborne, Johnson et al. Stratford Festival actress Ruby Joy reads.
Single tickets at the door $30/$20 students & seniors
Who hath not heard how David’s harmony drove away the evil spirits from King Saul? The spirits about the heart take that trembling and dancing air into the body, are moved together, and stirred up with it, or else the mind, as some suppose harmonically composed, is roused up at the tunes of music.
Robert Burton – The Anatomy of Melancholy
Part 2, Section 2, Member 6, Subsection III: Music as Remedy
We’d better not be too quick to pooh-pooh the 17th century psychologist Robert Burton’s science when he asserts that the mind itself being made of harmony, we can all benefit from a little harmonical and rhythmical purge of the dissonance of life, early-modern (Burton’s) or post-modern (ours); even very recently your daily bio-rhythm chart was published in many newspapers right next to your horoscope. The tunes of the voices, violins and lutes of The Musicians In Ordinary have entered the breasts and moved the spirits surrounding the hearts of audiences for over a decade. Join us for more rare music in our seasons at St. Michael’s College and Heliconian Hall.