What's On Now - Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 semester begins on Tuesday, September 8th! Call the Renaissance Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu for more information on any of these exciting events!

Events Calendar- Fall 2015

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

September 18 - 20 International Shakespeare Conference Registration goes from 8:30 am - 9:30 am at the door, or online (details soon). Open to the public. This conference is located at the Integrated Science Building on the campus of UMass Amherst, NOT at the Renaissance Center.

*September 26 Celebrating Shakespeare Conference 9 am - 4 pm with keynote speaker, Harry Berger, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Additional speakers include Jane Degenhardt (UMass Amherst) presenting "Fortune and Imperialism in Greene's ‘Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay,’" William Oram (Smith College) presenting on Glendower in Part I of Henry IV, Naomi Miller (Smith College) presenting “Conjuring Shakespeare for Global Audiences,” and many more. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register by September 25th at 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu.

*September 30 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Harry Berger, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz presents “Reflections on Don Quixote.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 4 First Sunday Concert Series 2 pm- 4 pm The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra~ The Mandolin Orchestra is the first of its kind in over 100 years. It consists of players both student and professional from western Massachusetts and Rhode Island, most which are students of the Sweet Music Studio in Granby. They will play a selection of Renaissance music! No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 7 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Robin Varnum, Associate Professor at American International College, presents “Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Trailblazer.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

October 10 Graduate Conference Anne Lake Prescott of Barnard College will give the keynote address. $10.00 includes admission to all sessions, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee. Advance registration is required. Visit the conference blog at http://renaissanceconference.wordpress.com for more details.

*October 14 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will present “ Muse of the Dance: Instrumental Music of the High Renaissance.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 21 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Marion Copeland of the Dakin Humane Society will present “The Impact of Natural History on Renaissance Art and Literature.”  Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.      

*October 28 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Sonja Drimmer, Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst, presents "Fake It Till You Make It: A Modern Medievalist Meets Renaissance Pseudo-hieroglyphs." Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 1 First Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm AyreCraft ~ Featuring Bob Castellano on lute, Meg Pash on viol, and Donnie Cotter as tenor, AyreCraft will return to the Renaissance Center to perform an Early Modern program. No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 4 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Jeff Goodhind, Librarian of the Renaissance Center, presents a “Rare Book Show and Tell.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

November 7 French Renaissance Harvest Banquet 6 pm - 9 pm Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, *Student Discount* $35 per person. This banquet takes place at the Marriott Center, 11th Floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Come for a festive evening of juggling, music by Nota Bene, Second Wind Renaissance Ensemble, and The Harper and The Minstrel, authentic French Renaissance food featuring ingredients grown in the Renaissance Center's kitchen garden, theater performances by the Young Shakespeare Players' East, door prizes, and more! Call Sonia at 413-577-3603 for ticket information.

*November 12 Classical Legacy Lecture 4 pm Leah Whittington of Harvard University will be presenting the Renaissance Center’s annual Classical Legacy Lecture. No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 13 Renaissance Games Night 7 pm - 9 pm A family friendly event with Renaissance board games, door prizes, and light snacks courtesy of the Renaissance Center Reading Group. Reading Room.

*November 21 Early America Conference 9 am - 4 pm The keynote address will be given by Alden Vaughan, Professor Emeritus in History of Columbia University, who will present on Native American Theater Attendees. Additional speakers include Abby Chandler, Assistant Professor of History at UMass Lowell, presenting on the Legal Roles of Midwives, and more.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register by November 20th.

*December 6 First Sunday Concert 2 pm - 4 pm The Amherst Recorder Consort ~ Led by Bob Leitch, The Amherst Recorder Consort under the direction of Bob Leitch will perform a program of Byrd, Verdelot, Tallis, Crecquillon, Josquin and more! No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

December 13 Invitation Only Docents & Friends Holiday Party 2 pm - 4 pm Not a member of the Renaissance Center yet? Call 413-577-3600 to join today!

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.

*September 30 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Harry Berger, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz presents “Reflections on Don Quixote.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 7 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Robin Varnum, Associate Professor at American International College, presents “Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Trailblazer.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 14 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will present “ Muse of the Dance: Instrumental Music of the High Renaissance.” Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*October 21 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Marion Copeland of the Dakin Humane Society will present “The Impact of Natural History on Renaissance Art and Literature.”  Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.      

*October 28 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Sonja Drimmer, Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst, presents "Fake It Till You Make It: A Modern Medievalist Meets Renaissance Pseudo-hieroglyphs." Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 4 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture 4 pm Jeff Goodhind, Librarian 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 pm - 4:00 pm on the first Sunday of every month in the Reading Room at The Renaissance Center.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME TO ENSURE A SEAT. SPACE IS LIMITED.

*October 4 First Sunday Concert Series 2 pm- 4 pm The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra ~ The Mandolin Orchestra is the first of its kind in over 100 years. It consists of players both student and professional from western Massachusetts and Rhode Island, most which are students of the Sweet Music Studio in Granby. They will play a selection of Renaissance music! No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 1 First Sunday Concert 2 pm- 4 pm AyreCraft ~ Featuring Bob Castellano on lute, Meg Pash on viol, and Donnie Cotter as tenor, AyreCraft will return to the Renaissance Center to perform an Early Modern program. No reservations. Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*December 6 First Sunday Concert 2 pm - 4 pm The Amherst Recorder Consort ~ Led by Bob Leitch, The Amherst Recorder Consort under the direction of Bob Leitch will perform a program of Byrd, Verdelot, Tallis, Crecquillon, Josquin and more! No reservations. Reading Room. 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.

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 5th, 19th, 26th, and November 2nd 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.

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

2015 Calendar:

Romeo and Juliet
June 17-21, June 24-28

Merry Wives of Windsor
July 8-12, July 15-19

Young Company Romeo and Juliet
August 14-16

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.