Events Calendar -- Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 semester begins on January 23rd

Please bear with us as we finalize the details of our offerings for this semester. Remember to continue checking back for updates on speakers, dates, times, and events!

March

Continuing every Thursday evening until May 4th - 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

Community Class: Shakespeare and Renaissance Humanism

Adam Hall of UMass Amherst will teach a class that will explore some of the central ideas of Renaissance Humanism and will include reading "Romeo and Juliet" as a class in depth. Free and open to all. Please pre-register by March 15 at 413-577-3600 or by email at renaissance@english.umass.edu. Runs 8 weeks.

Wednesday, March 29 at 4:00 pm

Renaissance Wednesday Lecture with Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman of UMass Amherst will be presenting a Renaissance Wednesday Lecture titled “The Angel of Hadley.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

April

Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 pm

First Sunday Concert with Alta Luna Consort

Alta Luna Consort will perform a program titled “Master to Student:  Isaac to Senfl.” Refreshments will be available after the concert. Free and open to the public. Please arrive on time as seating is limited and is available only on a first come, first served basis.

Mondays beginning April 3 from 5:00 pm -- 6:30 pm

Community Class: Shakespeare's History Plays with Marie Roche

Marie Roche of UMass Amherst will teach a class on "King John" and "Richard II." Free and open to all. Please pre-register by March April 2 at 413-577-3600 or by email at renaissance@english.umass.edu. Runs 8 weeks.

Wednesday, April 19 at 4:00 pm

Five College Seminar in Book History with Andrea Stone

Andrea Stone, Assoc. Professor of English at Smith College will give a talk pertaining to Book History. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Thursday, April 11 at 4:00 pm

Dan S. Collins Memorial Lecture

English Literary Renaissance will host the annual Dan S. Collins memorial lecture at the Renaissance Center. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 am

Annual Swordsmanship Symposium

Various speakers will present lectures and demonstrations on the topic of historical swordsmanship. Pre-registration is required by April 21 at 413-577-3600 or at renaissance@english.umass.edu. Lunch is provided. Free and open to all.

Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 pm

Five College Renaissance Seminar with Travis Williams

Travis Williams, Associate Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island will present a Five College Renaissance Seminar. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

May

Friday, May 5 at 4:00 pm

Sonnetfest

Our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by a reception. Call the Center at 413-577-3600 or email renaissance@english.umass.edu to sign up to read a sonnet. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 7 from 11:00 am -- 4:00 pm

15th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, and more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Free and open to the public, though donations are most welcome.

Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm

The Young Shakespeare Players -- East presents "As You Like It"

The Young Shakespeare Players East will be performing their production of “As You Like It” at The Renaissance Center. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Summer 2017

Saturday, June 10 from 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

Garden Opening Concert

To celebrate the official opening of our gardens, we invite you to hear three concerts outside on the grounds of the Renaissance Center. Guests may take refreshments outside to enjoy during the concerts. No reservations are required. A suggested donation of $5 per peson is requested.

Tuesday, August 1 at 11:00 am

Enchanted Circle Theater's Shakespeare Academy Production

Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. Free and open to the public.

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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.

First Sunday Concerts

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

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.

 

 

Hampshire Shakespeare Logo

Shakespeare Under the Stars 2016 Performance Season Took Place in the Meadow of The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

2017 Season:


Hamlet by William Shakespeare and
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

This will be done in
Alternating Performances June 22 -August 5, 2017

Young Company: Hamlet

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.