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Shakespeare 1

If Music Be the Food of Love (Twelfth Night)

Monday, March 14, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Kate Lechler, Adjunct Instructor in English, The University of Mississippi

Dr. Lechler will examine Twelfth Night, a tender comedy about a love triangle thwarted by mistaken identities. Shakespeare's play contains several songs with lyrics, mostly performed by the wise fool character Feste, who is trying to help his grieving mistress find joy again. How does this character and his music help us understand the relationship between love and loss? We will discuss music onstage in the English Renaissance, listen to more modern renditions of these songs, and watch their performances in context in clips from the 1996 Helena Bonham Carter film and others.

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Shakespeare 2

Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs (The Tempest)

Wednesday, March 16, 2021, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Kate Lechler, Adjunct Instructor in English, The University of Mississippi

Dr. Lechler will discuss music and magic in The Tempest. This play contains one of Shakespeare's most musical characters, the spirit Ariel, whose magic is inextricably intertwined with performances of music and song. How does Ariel's music calm, frighten or seduce the human characters lost on the island? How would these songs — and the magic they accompany — have been performed on the Shakespearean stage? And how are they performed today? In addition to listening to early versions of these songs, we will also watch clips from Julie Taymor's and Derek Jarman's adaptations of the play, among others.

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