The Early Music Youth Academy presents a program of authentic music from the plays and times of Shakespeare, with a present-day twist. Skilled students aged 13-16 play period instruments including
The Early Music Youth Academy presents a program of authentic music from the plays and times of Shakespeare, with a present-day twist. Skilled students aged 13-16 play period instruments including the viola da gamba, harp, violin, and lute, joined by guest vocal soloists. The group performs exhilarating dance tunes, ethereal instrumental consorts, and some of the most beautiful song melodies ever written, direct from Shakespeare’s stage.
But the program turns a modern, youthful eye to the original lyrics of romance and myth. Men and gods pursuing fair maidens? Sure, but the students have added new verses, both serious and comical, in the voices of the otherwise often silent women. After four centuries of being sung about and sung to, praised and entreated and condemned, each of these heroines finally gets a chance to speak for herself.
The program is curated and led from the Renaissance violin by director Shulamit Kleinerman, who specializes in the historical “off-shoulder” style of early violin playing. She has been honored with Early Music America’s 2015 Laurette Goldberg Award for historical music outreach and, with the Elizabethan ensemble Plaine & Easie, won EMA’s 2009 national competition in medieval and renaissance music.
This one-hour concert is free to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Early Music Youth Academy is a program of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, which is a partner organization of Shunpike.
(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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