If music be the food of love, play on! (Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, I:1)

Early MusicJune 25, 2014

WHAT: Jacobs School of Music students will provide pre-show music at each performance of Indiana Festival Theatre’s Twelfth Night, and will offer special lectures on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays on select nights.

WHERE: The Mezzanine at the Lee Norvelle Center for the Performing Arts. 275 North Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405

WHEN: Twelfth Night performances run July 5 – 26, Music starts at 6:45pm for evening performances and 1:15pm for matinees. Lectures on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays will be presented on July 17th and July 23rd starting at 6:30pm

TICKETS FOR THE SHOW: $25 for single tickets, $20 for seniors, $15 for students. www.theatre.indiana.edu, 812-855-1103 (Ticket not required to enjoy the music!)


Sarah Huebsch

BLOOMINGTON, Ind  –  Let us whet your appetite for the “Bard of Avon.” In the tradition of Shakespeare’s productions, musicians from the Jacobs School of Music’s newly renamed Historical Performance Institute (established as the Early Music Institute) bring instrumental music of Elizabethan England to the Wells-Metz Theatre mezzanine before each Twelfth Night production this summer.

Indiana Festival Theatre is thrilled to announce this collaboration with HPI, and join the group’s leaders, Keith Collins, Sarah Huebsch, and Kelsey Schilling, in extending an invitation to IFT audiences to arrive early and enjoy music in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center lobby before the show.

Additionally, on July 17th and July 23rd beginning at 6:30pm, audiences will be treated to a free lecture on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays, “Fie, that you’ll say so! He plays o’ the viol-de-gamboys” (Twelfth Night I:2)”, presented by Collins, Huebsch, and Schilling.

“In Shakespeare’s plays, musicians often attend the guests, play between scenes, and are summoned directly into the drama as it unfolds.” Huebsch said.  “Ariel (The Tempest) dances and provides soft and strange music on the island. Desdemona sings “willow, willow, willow” (Othello IV: iii), which becomes an essential aria nearly three hundred years later in Verdi’s Otello. Music on the Elizabethan stage played a crucial role within the drama.”

For more information about Indiana Festival Theatre, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu or 812-855-0514. For details about the music and lectures, contact Sarah Huebsch at huebschs@indiana.edu.

 Additional images (art images provided are public domain)


Kelsey Schilling

Keith Collins

Keith Collins


Sarah Huebsch, Kelsey Schilling, Brady Lanier

mixedconsortwoodcut shakespeare pic


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