Tuesday, August 20, 2013

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY ON, Austin Troubadours at Unitarian Univeralist Church, September 6, 2013

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If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!

The Music of Shakespeare's Plays

Friday, September 6, 2013, 8 p.m. Austin Troubadours Texas
Tickets at the door: $20 general admission, $10 seniors/children (cash or checks only)
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Avenue - click for map

The Austin Troubadours present a unique musical program for Austin audiences of all ages, "If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On! – The Music of Shakespeare's Plays," Friday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. The concert will offer songs and dances mentioned or alluded to in the plays of William Shakespeare, including As You Like It, The Tempest, and Hamlet. The Austin Troubadours will present a number of popular dances from the period, as well as jigs, pavanas, and almans and music that was often played before and after Shakespeare’s plays by his theater musicians.

The Austin Troubadours, known for their unorthodox approach to musical interpretation, will present a historically informed performance with authentic instruments and period costumes. Austin Troubadours Artistic Director Slobodan Vujisic talked about the inspiration for their September concert. “We’re excited to present a program of primarily 16th- and 17th-century dances and songs used in Shakespeare’s plays or inspired by him. For instance, "Kemp’s Jig" (anonymous) refers to William Kemp, who was Shakespeare's favorite actor and clown, and "Have You Seen But A White Lilly Grow" was composed by Shakespeare’s lutenist, Robert Johnson. "It Was A Lover And His Lass" (Thomas Morley) is a song from Shakespeare’s comedy "As You Like It." It promises to be a concert audiences will enjoy hearing and seeing as we perform with authentic instruments in costumes of the period.”

From the Austin Troubadours' successful Kickstarter campaign to support
their 2012 CD Mediterranean Journey

Featured at the concert are Jenifer Thyssen – soprano (Best Female Classical Singer by the Austin American-Statesman’s Austin Critics Table Awards in 2003), Neli Vujisic – harpsichord, Victor Eijkhout - recorders and crumhorn, Bruce Colson (Austin Symphony) - baroque violin, Oliver Rajamani - percussion, John Walters - viola da gamba, and Slobodan Vujisic - lute.

If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On! – The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays is set for Friday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756. Tickets are available at the door: $20 adults, $10 for seniors and children under 12. Cash and checks only. For more information, call 512-983-0600. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

Austin Troubadours Texas

About The Austin Troubadours Artistic Director Slobodan Vujisic has gathered some of the top early music specialists from Austin and around the nation. Featuring Medieval and Renaissance secular and sacred instrumental and vocal music, The Austin Troubadours combine various well-known and obscure historical instruments with lush vocals. Historically informed and inspired by years of musical experience, each member of the Austin Troubadours delights and moves audiences to tap their feet and hum tunes of antiquity.

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