What's On Now - Spring 2015

Events marked with an * are free of Charge and open to the public

The Spring 2015 Semester begins on Tuesday, January 20th! Call the Renaissance Center at 577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu for more information on any of the exciting events listed below!

Events Calendar- Spring/Summer 2015

Events marked with an * are free of Charge and open to the public.

*February 1 First Sunday Concert Series 2 pm- 4 pm Peter Blanchette ~ Internationally acclaimed musician and inventor of the archguitar will play a selection of Renaissance music! No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*February 26 Five College Renaissance Seminar 4:30 pm Malcolm Smuts, Professor Emeritus in History of UMass Boston presents “How the Elizabethan Monarchical Republic Failed to Build a Republican Monarchy: The Earl of Leicester and the Netherlands, 1586-7.” No reservations. Reading Room.

*February 26 Shakespeare Pub Trivia Night 7 pm- 9 pm How well do YOU know Shakespeare? This February, we are bringing back Shakespeare Pub Quiz Night, and we invite Shakespeare fans of all ages to participate in a new round of Bard-related trivia, riddles, and puzzles. This year will feature video clues, sound bites, and opportunities to win cash prizes! Non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will be served. Come as a team, or come solo and join one! No reservations required. Reading Room.

*March 1 First Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm Ensemble Musica Humana performs a repertoire of Praetorius, Musae Sioniae, and instrumental Terpsichore dances. No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 4 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Else Hambleton of The Amherst Historical Society presents “A Seventeenth-Century Deerfield Mystery.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 7 Galileo Conference 9 am- 4 pm The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents a conference on Galileo. Speakers include Mark Peterson of Mount Holyoke College and Marjorie Senechal of Smith College. The conference will include a screening of Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo." Please pre-register by March 6th. Lunch will be provided.

*March 11 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Susan Whitbourne, Professor of Psychology at UMass Amherst presents a talk on Shakespeare and Aging. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 14 Dakin Pancake Breakfast 8 am- Noon An all you can eat breakfast of our famous fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon and sausage cooked in our own kitchen by volunteer chefs featuring syrup from our maple trees. Suggested donation: $5 kids, $10 adult. Reading room.

*March 24 Celebrity Lecture 4 pm Robert Eisenstein, Director of the Five College Early Music Program and co-founder of the Folger Consort, will be delivering this year's Celebrity Lecture. Reading Room. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 25 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Sheila M. Fisher, Professor of English at Trinity College presents “Is There Romance in This Romance? The Enigma of Malory's Women.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

 

*April 1 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Seth Coluzzi, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Brandeis University presents "Lyric Music for Dramatic Texts: Questions of Genre in the Late Italian Madrigal." Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.      

*April 8 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Ann Thompson, Professor Emeritus at King’s College London presents on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*April 9 Five College Renaissance Seminar 4:30 pm Jerry Passannante, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland presents "Catastrophizing: The Disaster of Renaissance Materialism." No reservations. Reading Room.

*April 12 SECOND Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm Nota Bene. No reservations Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF APRIL SO AS NOT TO CONFLICT WITH EASTER

*April 15 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm David Katz, Curator of the Renaissance Center, presents a “Rare Book Show and Tell.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*April 21 Dan S. Collins Lecture 4 pm Laura L. Knoppers, Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame delivers the annual Collins Lecture. Her presentation is titled “From Whales to Women: Ambergris, the Luxury Trade, and Milton’s Dalila." No reservations. Refreshments co-sponsored by the Amherst Woman's Club.

*April 25 Historical Swordsmanship Symposium 9 am – 4 pm Presentations at the conference will feature a combination of academic scholarship and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided. Must call the Center to register by April 24th. Keep checking back for more information!

*May 1 Sonnetfest 4 pm Sonnets will be read aloud with refreshments to follow. Reading Room. Call the Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to read a sonnet or two!

*May 3 13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival  11 am- 4 pm Theater, music, falconry, juggling, weaving demonstrations, blacksmithing, sword demonstrations, dancing, buffoons, Renaissance games, and more! Admission is free, donations are welcome. Rain or shine in the Meadow. Keep checking back for more information!

June 20 Third Annual Member’s Only Gardeners’ Guild Luncheon and
Talk Noon - 2 pm Enjoy a catered lunch on the back patio and a talk by Historical Garden Designer, Ellen Kosmer. Not a member? Pick up a membership brochure in our lobby or call 413-577-3600 to become a member!

*August 4 Enchanted Circle Theater Acting Shakespeare 11 am Student actors from Holyoke will perform scenes from a Shakespeare play. HSC Main Stage, Meadow. Keep checking back for more information!

Ongoing Events

Renaissance Wednesdays

Discussions of the Renaissance roots of our culture, at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room with refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. Free of charge and open to the public.

*March 4 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Else Hambleton of The Amherst Historical Society presents “A Seventeenth-Century Deerfield Mystery.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 11 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4pm Susan Whitbourne, Professor of Psychology at UMass Amherst presents a talk on Shakespeare and Aging. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 25 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Sheila M. Fisher, Professor of English at Trinity College presents “Is There Romance in This Romance? The Enigma of Malory's Women.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*April 1 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Seth Coluzzi, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Brandeis University presents "Lyric Music for Dramatic Texts:  Questions of Genre in the Late Italian Madrigal." Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.      

*April 8 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Ann Thompson, Professor Emeritus at King’s College London presents on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*April 15 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm David Katz, Curator of the Renaissance Center, presents a “Rare Book Show and Tell.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

First Sunday Concert Series

Concerts featuring performances of early music from 2:00-4:00pm on the first Sunday of every month in the Reading Room at The Renaissance Center.

*February 1 First Sunday Concert Series 2 pm- 4 pm Peter Blanchette ~ Internationally acclaimed musician and inventor of the archguitar will play a selection of Renaissance music! No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*March 1 First Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm Ensemble Musica Humana performs a repertoire of Praetorius, Musae Sioniae, and instrumental Terpsichore dances. No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*April 12 SECOND Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm Nota Bene. No reservations Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF APRIL SO AS NOT TO CONFLICT WITH EASTER

Community Classes for Adults

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.

Literature of the 16th Century with Marie Roche
Wednesday April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th
6:00pm-8:00pm
Reading Room.
Readings will be provided.

Shakespeare with Normand Berlin.
Tuesday April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
7:00pm-9:00pm
Reading Room
We will be discussing King Lear in our four evenings together. "Is this the promis'd end?"
"Or image of that horror?"

Hampshire Shakespeare LogoShakespeare Under the Stars 2014 Performance Season Took Place in the Meadow of The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Keep checking back for more information on the Summer 2015 season!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.