Community Classes: Adult

Fall 2015

Informal classes for the community. Offered each semester. Free of charge and open to all. Registration is required by phone at 413-577-3600 or by email.

Shakespeare with Tony Burton: Measure for Measure and The Tempest Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm starting September 29th and running 9 weeks. Pious rulers let the reins slip away, with a variety of unexpected results.  Please read the texts first, and have questions and biases ready to discuss.

The Hand-Press Book with Jeff Goodhind, Renaissance Center Librarian Mondays from 10:00 am – 11:00 am October 19th and 26th, and November 2nd and 9th. An introduction to early printed books including paper, typesetting, printing, illustration, and binding. No knowledge of book history required. Class will take place in the upstairs classroom.

The Madrigal with Emiliano Ricciardi
Monday October 19th and 26th and November 2nd and 9th at 3:00 pm. The goal of this class is to develop a musical and historical understanding of the madrigal, one of the most important genres of vocal music in the late Renaissance. In the class we will examine select works by prominent practitioners of this genre, such as Willaert and Marenzio, placing them in the context of larger musical and cultural trends. No musical background is required.