What's On Now - Spring/Summer 2016

*Wednesday, February 10 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Laura Estill of Texas A & M will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled "Finding Drama in Early Modern English Manuscripts." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

Events Calendar- Spring/Summer 2016

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

*Wednesday, February 10 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Laura Estill of Texas A & M will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled "Finding Drama in Early Modern English Manuscripts." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, February 17 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Dan Ziomek of the Hadley Garden Center will deliver a Renaissance Wednesday lecture on the birdlife at the Renaissance Center. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, February 24 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on Elizabethan music. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Thursday, February 25 Five College Renaissance Seminar, 4:30 pm Greg Semenza of The University of Connecticut will present the Five College Renaissance Seminar. His talk is titled "Shakespeare and the Auteurs: Rethinking Adaptation through the Director's Cinema." No reservations required. Refreshments will be provided following the lecture.

*Wednesday, March 2 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Rob Cox of UMass Amherst will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on 17th Century Northampton. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Sunday, March 6 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Seven Times Salt will perform a program titled "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Music of The Elizabethan Golden Age." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club. Please arrive on time as space is limited. Seating is first come, first served.

*Wednesday, March 9 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Helen Wilcox of the University of Bangor will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled “The Textual Cultures of Britain in 1633.” No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

Saturday, March 19 Annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast, 8:00 am - Noon The breakfast features syrup tapped from the Center’s own maple trees (a tradition begun by Janet Dakin) and donated by local sugarer Richard McIntyre. This all you can eat breakfast features pancakes, sausage and bacon cooked up by volunteer chefs and served in the Reading Room. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

*Wednesday, March 23 Rare Book Show and Tell, 4:00 pm Jeff Goodhind, the Renaissance Center's librarian, will present a Rare Book Show and Tell featuring highlights from the Center's extensive collection of rare books. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Friday, March 25 March Madness Games Night! 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Come for an evening of Renaissance board games and puzzles, much like our annual Games Night in November. However, get ready for a whole new level of competition when the evening gets sprinkled with trivia questions on Shakespeare. Light refreshments will be available. No reservations required.

*Tuesday, March 29 Celebrity Lecture, 4:00 pm Alice Robbins of the Five College Early Music Program will present her lecture titled “What is ‘Early Music’ anyway, and why I like to perform ‘Historically Informed.’” No reservations required. Refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

*Sunday, April 3 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ensemble Musica Humana returns to the Renaissance Center. They will perform a concert of Renaissance music from the Robin Hood legend. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club. Please arrive on time as space is limited. Seating is first come, first served.

*Tuesday, April 12 Collins Lecture, 4:00 pm The annual Collins Lecture will be given by William West of Northwestern University. It will ttake place in the Reading Room. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

*Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 Italian Madrigal Festival and Conference, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Presented by the UMass Amherst College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, and the Five College Early Music Program. This is a weekend conference on the Italian Madrigal at UMass Amherst featuring scholarly papers at the Renaissance Center on the 16th followed by concerts and round tables on the 17th. Keep checking back for an updated conference schedule and information on registration. Tickets for the concerts listed can be purchased at the door.

*Saturday, April 30 Annual Swordsmanship Conference, 9:00 am -- 4:00 pm The Renaissance Center will host its annual conference on historical swordsmanship featuring both scholarly talks and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register by April 29th at renaissance@english.umass.edu or at 413-577-3600.

*Sunday, May 1 14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Bigger and better than ever! We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, and so much more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Visit our festival page for schedule updates!

*Friday, May 6 Sonnetfest, 4:00 pm Our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by refreshments. Call the Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to sign up to read a sonnet.

*Thursday, May 12 Normand Berlin Tree Dedication and Shakespeare Lecture, 4:00 pm We will dedicate the new oak tree at the Renaissance Center in memory of Normand Berlin, who taught community classes on Shakespeare at the Renaissance Center. The dedication will be followed by a lecture on Shakespeare delivered by Adam Zucker. A reception will follow the lecture.

*Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 Young Shakespeare Players East presents "Romeo and Juliet," 12:00 pm each day The Young Shakespeare Players East will be performing their production of “Romeo and Juliet” on the Great Meadow Stage at the Renaissance Center. No reservations required.

Saturday, June 18 Garden Opening Concert, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm To celebrate the official opening of our gardens, we invite you to hear three concerts outside on the grounds of the Renaissance Center. The musical talent featured will be Zoe Vandermeer, AyreCraft, and Nota Bene. Guests may take refreshments outside to enjoy during the concerts. No reservations are required. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 Kid's Renaissance Summer Program (KRS) Kids ages 9 – 13 can experience different aspects of the Renaissance through an interdisciplinary summer day program. Activities will include performing scenes from Renaissance theater, playing authentic Renaissance games, testing out historical recipes, writing their own sonnets, painting, drawing, and more! The week will culminate in a performance where the kids can display their creations, perform their scenes, and read their very own sonnets for their friends and families. Keep checking back for more information on registration night and tuition.

*Tuesday, August 2 Enchanted Circle Theater's Acting Shakespeare Performance, 11:00 am Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program at Enchanted Circle Theater will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. No reservations required.

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.

*Wednesday, February 10 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Laura Estill of Texas A & M will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled "Finding Drama in Early Modern English Manuscripts." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, February 17 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Dan Ziomek of the Hadley Garden Center will deliver a Renaissance Wednesday lecture on the birdlife at the Renaissance Center. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, February 24 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on Elizabethan music. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 2 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Rob Cox of UMass Amherst will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on 17th Century Northampton. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 9 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Helen Wilcox of the University of Bangor will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled “The Textual Cultures of Britain in 1633.” No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 23 Rare Book Show and Tell, 4:00 pm Jeff Goodhind, the Renaissance Center's librarian, will present a Rare Book Show and Tell featuring highlights from the Center's extensive collection of rare books. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

First Sunday Concert Series

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

Please arrive on time as space is limited. Seating is first come, first served.

*Sunday, February 7 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Erik Simon Vuoritie of Umass Amherst will perform a Spanish guitar set. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Sunday, March 6 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Seven Times Salt will perform a program titled "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Music of The Elizabethan Golden Age." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Sunday, April 3 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ensemble Musica Humana returns to the Renaissance Center. They will perform a concert of Renaissance music from the Robin Hood legend. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

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.

Monday afternoons from 4:00 pm -- 5:00 pm beginning April 4th and ending April 25th, 2016 The Hand-Press Book with Jeff Goodhind 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. Please pre-register by April 3rd.

Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm beginning April 12th, 2016 and ending May 3rd, 2016 Shakespeare with Tony Burton. The Merchant of Venice: The issues aren't what you think. Please read the play beforehand. Please pre-register by April 11th.

 

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

2016 Season:

Macbeth

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Young Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream

More information to follow.

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.