Music with Her Silver Sound - Songs from Shakespeare’s England
Performed by the Yale Voxtet, Judith Malafronte, director
Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven
“When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress.”
The plays of William Shakespeare are full of music, from formal songs to snippets of popular street ballads. Desdemona’s eerie premonitions bring back memories of an old, tragic song. The fairy creature Ariel sings haunting tunes to shipwrecked mortals. Falstaff calls on the sky to “rain potatoes” and “thunder to the tune of Green-sleeves.” Judith Malafronte leads the Yale Voxtet in a concert of Elizabethan music from stage and street, including some of John Dowland’s beautiful and melancholic ayres for lute as well as cheerful, teasing love songs by Thomas Campion. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 8 pm in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St.) in New Haven.
The eight singers of the Voxtet are joined by Grant Herreid and David Walker, lute, Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba, and Priscilla Smith, dulcian and recorder.
The concert, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. More information is available at 203/432-5062.