Play on! Music of Shakespeare and his time

​Friday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. | Beinecke Library (121 Wall St.)

Elm City Consort viols perform with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

This consort is sponsored by The Elizabethan Club of Yale University as one of their events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the First Folio publication.

Featuring earlier musical settings of songs from Shakespeare’s plays, whose dates make it quite possible that these were the tunes sung at the first performances of “The Tempest,” “As You Like It,” and “Measure for Measure.” Music by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, including William Byrd, will also be performed alongside dances and popular tunes from the streets and pubs of Tudor England.

Elm City Consort
Rosamund Morley
Michael Rigsby, director
Cat Slowik
Arnie Tanimoto

Grant Herreid
Priscilla Herreid, director
Greg Ingles
Erik Schmalz

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band
Sherezade Panthaki


​​Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, enjoys ongoing international collaborations with conductors Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Mark Morris and more. Recent engagements include early music and oratorio performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Wiener Akademie (Austria), NDR Hannover Radiophilharmonie (Germany), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Canada). Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Illinois. She is a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, celebrating racial and ethnic diversity in performances and educational programs of early and new music. Ms. Panthaki is a renown clinician, has taught voice at Yale University, and currently heads the Vocal program at Mount Holyoke College.

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion - all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Priscilla Herreid, the world renowned pied-pipers of Early Music present an annual subscription concert series in the Philadelphia region; tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America; and appear as performers and instructors at major Early Music festivals.

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