College to hold festival with music, talks to fete First Folio

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host a First Folio Festival on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This celebration of the exhibition “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” features Renaissance music, gallery talks, and a live theater performance.
Starting at 4:30, the Penny Lane Consort will perform music of Shakespeare’s time on recorders, sackbut and other instruments. At 4:45 and 6:15p.m., Middlebury College professors James Berg and Timothy Billings will give gallery tours in the Museum of Art.
At 5:15 p.m., the Middlebury Actors Workshop will perform “Straight Up Shakespeare,” an energetic, fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s world. This free performance will feature Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and sonnets, linked together with original commentary that will demystify Shakespeare for all ages.
Next, the Mountain Ayres, Middlebury College’s co-ed a cappella group dedicated to the appreciation and performance of Renaissance music, will serenade visitors until it is time to say, “Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
The event also includes Renaissance sweet and savory treats, children’s activities and Shakespeare selfies. The museum will stay open until 7 p.m. Admission is free.
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