What's On Now - Fall 2014

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

* October 22 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Rick Lopez: "Botanical Illustration in Europe and the New World." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Events Calendar- Fall 2014

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

* October 29 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker: "Authorship and Co-Creation in the English Renaissance: From George Herbert to Shakespeare." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

November 1 Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet 6:00-9:00pm. Marriott Center, 11th Floor, Campus Center (UMass Amherst, main campus)
Join us for a festive evening celebrating Renaissance Italy! Enjoy authentic Renaissance food prepared using produce and herbs from the Renaissance Center’s own kitchen garden. Revel in the sounds of Renaissance Italy brought to you through lutes, sackbuts, singing, and more. With entertainment ranging from juggling to theater to door prizes, you are bound to have an evening of excitement and fun!
Reservations MUST be made by October 27th. Call 413-577-3600 to reserve your tickets.
$75/each or $125/couple.

* November 2 First Sunday Concert Series 2:00-4:00pm. AyreCraft ~ Vocals by Donnie Cotter and lutes played by Robert Castellano and Meg Pash. Reading Room. Free and Open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 5 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Roberto Ludovico: "Renaissance Italian Food." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 12 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. David Katz: "Rare Book Show and Tell." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

*November 13 Five College Renaissance Seminar 4:30pm. Russ Leo, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University, and Visiting Fellow at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. “Lodovico Castelvetro's Heterodox Poetics: A Protestant Aristotle." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 14 Family Renaissance Games Night 7:00-9:00pm. Join us for an evening of Renaissance-era board games, door prizes, refreshments, and more! Families and kids are welcome! Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 19 Classical Legacy Lecture 4:00pm. James Hankins: "The Virtue Politics of the Italian Humanists." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* December 7 First Sunday Concert Series 2:00-4:00pm. Voces Feminae Holiday Concert~ Directed by Catherine Bell. Reading Room. Free and Open to the public. No reservations required.

December 14 Invitation only holiday party for the Center Friends and Docents. 2pm – 4pm Not a member? Call 577-3600 and join!

Ongoing Events

Renaissance Wednesdays

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

* October 15 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Jean Howard. "Interrupting the Lucrece Effect? Representing Rape on the Early Modern Stage." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* October 22 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Rick Lopez: "Botanical Illustration in Europe and the New World." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* October 29 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker: "Authorship and Co-Creation in the English Renaissance: From George Herbert to Shakespeare." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 5 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. Roberto Ludovico: "Renaissance Italian Food." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 12 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series 4:00pm. David Katz: "Rare Book Show and Tell." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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.

* October 5 First Sunday Concert Series 2-4pm. University of Massachusetts Madrigal Singers ~ Directed by Emiliano Ricciardi, Conducted by Kirk Averitt. "Madrigals on Poetry by Petrarch, Dante, Guarini, and Tasso." Reading Room. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

* November 2 First Sunday Concert Series 2:00-4:00pm. AyreCraft ~ Vocals by Donnie Cotter and lutes played by Robert Castellano and Meg Pash. Reading Room. Free and Open to the public. No reservations required.

* December 7 First Sunday Concert Series 2:00-4:00pm. Voces Feminae Holiday Concert~ Directed by Catherine Bell. Reading Room. Free and Open to the public. No reservations required.

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.

Shakespeare with Tony Burton: Making and Un-making a King in Shakespeare’s Day. Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Hamlet. Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm starting September 16th and running 6 weeks. Please read the plays beforehand. Pre-registration required at 577-3600

Le Roi Lear with Marie Roche. Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm starting October 2nd  and running 5 weeks. This seminar is entirely run in French. Come to read, speak (perhaps laugh in French!) and see a French production of King Lear/ Le Roi Lear by William Shakespeare. The text chosen is a bilingual translation by Jean Michel Déprats, honored guest visitor of the International Shakespeare Conference in March 2014. The English/French text will be provided for the attendants’ convenience. General requirement: to fully engage in the class the participant must have some reading and speaking competence in the French language. However, anyone who would like an immersion in French and soak in the language is welcome to join, but ongoing translation cannot be expected. Pre-registration required at 577-3600.

For the class syllabus click here.

For the English/French text click here.

Non-Dramatic Prose and Verse of the Sixteenth Century with Marie Roche. Monday afternoons from 3:00pm-4:30pm starting October 6th and running 8 weeks. This is a survey of the known and lesser-known works of the Sixteenth Century English Renaissance. No prior knowledge required. Weekly Readings provided. Every week will review different aspects of the English Renaissance literary corpus. Pre-registration required at 577-3600.

Readings:

Syllabus

Albion's England

Holinshed's Chronicles

Richard III

Utopia

John Colet

Dialogue Concerning Heresies

Anne Askew

Acts and Monuments

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

The Comedy of Errors to run Wednesday, July 9th- Sunday, July 13th and Wednesday, July 16th-Sunday, July 20th.

Julius Caesar (mainstage version) to run Wednesday, July 23rd- Sunday, July 27th and Wednesday, July 30th- Sunday, August 3rd.

The Young Company production of Julius Caesar to run August 15th-17th (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in the evening and with a matinée on Sunday. Click here to learn more about HSC's Young Company.

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.