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Shakespeare & Friends

Shakespeare & Friends

The words of William Shakespeare continue to resound today, four hundred years after the dramatist lived. Composers have always been drawn to his texts. We will explore diverse settings of Shakespeare by five living composers, including the Finn Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. To further demonstrate the artistic climate in which Shakespeare flourished, we will present works from his era as well as settings of his contemporary poets. Highlights will include the premieres of new works by Northwest favorites Reginald Unterseher and Karen P. Thomas.

Shakespeare settings

  • Moonlight Music, by Eric William Barnum
  • Double, Double Toil and Trouble, by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
  • A Summer Sonnet, by Kevin Olson
  • Oberon, by Reginald Unterseher – world premiere
  • Full Fathom Five, by Reginald Unterseher
  • Take, oh take those lips away, by Karen P. Thomas – world premiere

Settings of Shakespeare-era poets

  • Slow, fresh fount, words by Ben Jonson, music by William Horsley
  • Never weather-beaten sail, words by Thomas Campion, music by Sir Hubert Parry
  • Lay a garland, words from Beaumont and Fletcher, music by Robert Pearsall
  • A Litany, words by Phineas Fletcher, music by William Walton

Music of Shakespeare’s time

  • Weep, O mine eyes, by John Bennet
  • Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone, by John Farmer
  • The silver swan, by Orlando Gibbons
  • A Round of three country dances in one, by Thomas Ravenscroft

Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Cross
11526 162nd Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington


Sunday, June 5, 2016
3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA


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