Misericordia University will transport their audience to the time of "The Bard" himself with the presentation of "Ensemble Chaconne: 'Measure for Measure,' the Music of Shakespeare's Plays," on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
The evening of Elizabethan music features Ensemble Chaconne members Peter H. Bloom on renaissance flute; Carol Lewis on viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen on renaissance lute, and mezzo-soprano Burcu Gulec, who display versatility and dramatic flair in everything from love songs and comic antics to Shakespeare's depiction of madness and tragedy.
Praised by The Portland Press Herald as "the perfect Elizabethan evening," the concert features music by leading composers of Shakespeare's time, including Robert Johnson and Thomas Morley, with selections from "As You Like It," "Twelfth Night," "Henry V," "The Winter's Tale," "The Tempest," "Hamlet," "Othello" and "Macbeth."
Celebrating its 33rd season, Ensemble Chaconne performs internationally, having completed tours in England, Canada and across the U.S. The group has appeared at the National Gallery in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company's residency at Davidson College, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the 40th Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, among many other venues.
Mezzo-soprano Gulec is known across the U.S. and abroad, appearing in New York, Boston, Detroit, Seattle, and throughout her native Turkey. Acclaimed for her charisma, versatility, and impressive vocal range, she has appeared with Grammy-nominated Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Robert Larabee, the early music/world music group Dünya, and other noted ensembles.
Among the many selections in the "Measure to Measure" concert are "The Willow Song," sung by Desdemona in "Othello"; "It Was a Lover and His Lasse" from "As You Like It"; "O Mistress Mine" from "Twelfth Night"; "Full Fathom Five" from "The Tempest"; "Go from My Window" from Ophelia's mad scene in "Hamlet," and "Greensleeves," the famous ballad tune quoted in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
Tickets for the concert are $15 for premium seating, $10 for general admission, and free to Misericordia students, staff and faculty with identification. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please go to www.misericordia.edu/chaconne or call the University Box Office at (570) 674-6719.
Additional information on Ensemble Chaconne is available on their Facebook page: @ensemblechaconne. Audio clips from the concert are available by going to http://www.americasmusicworks.com/audio-and-video-ensemble-chaconne.html.
Ensemble Chaconne performers, front row from left, Carol Lewis, viola da gamba, and Olav Chris Henriksen, renaissance lute; second row, Burcu Gulec, mezzo-soprano, and Peter H. Bloom, renaissance flute, will present 'Measure for Measure,' the Music of Shakespeare's Plays,' on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall at Misericordia University.