Cleveland Public Library to Host an Afternoon Celebrating the Music of Shakespeare

Join Cleveland Public Library (CPL) for an afternoon celebrating the prose and music of William Shakespeare on Saturday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium located at East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.

“Beginning in April we have exciting events, exhibits, and programs commemorating the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death,  leading up to, during, and following the arrival of the First Folio, which will be here June 20th-July 30th” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “This first event is a must for Shakespeare aficionados.”

For nearly four hundred years, Shakespeare lovers lamented that few songs in his plays survived with original music: of about sixty song lyrics, a handful exist in period musical settings. In Shakespeare’s Songbook, Ross W. Duffin, Fynette K. Kulas Professor of Music/Head of Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University, brought all of Shakespeare’s musical source material together for the first time, and in the process, shed new light on the delicate interplay between words, music, and drama in the plays. Duffin will share how he began and pursued this quest, and shares some of the fascinating details he discovered along the way and continues to unearth.

Following the lecture, there will be a live performance by soprano Margaret Carpenter and lutenist and tenor, Brian Kay. Attendees are welcome to stay for high tea and a book signing after the performance. For more information, please contact Cathy Poilpre, Marketing & Communications, at 216-623-2959.