Easter 2016 – “A course! A course! My Kingdom for a course!”

Welcome to our Easter edition featuring music from 6 Shakespeare plays and adaptations! Come and join us and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.

If music be the food of love…then we’ll gladly play on all of the following:

from “Mid-Summer Night’s Dream”

Composed by Felix Mendelssohn some 180 years after the play was written, the incidental music comprises many masterpieces including “The Wedding March” (below by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philarmonic) and “The Dance of the Clowns” (rest assured, we won’t play it that fast!).

from “Henry V”

Directed by Laurence Olivier in 1944, this first version was featuring the wonderful score created by William Walton. We will play the romantic second movement untitled “Touch her soft lips and part”.
Below is a good genre cross-over illustration with the Jazz version of the same tune by drummer Peter Erskine and saxophonist Joe Lovano.

from “Romeo and Juliet”

It’s only been two years since we used several tunes from “West Side Story” so we’ll only feature the lovely duet “tonight” as part of our choir numbers. The Glee version below skips the long introduction just like we will:

from “The Taming of the Shrew”

well…actually it’s from its Broadway adapation by Cole Porter, famously known as “Kiss me Kate” from which we will use 3 tunes – “Another op’nin, another show”, “Wunderbar” and inevitably, the geezers number…”Brush up your Shakespeare”! We’ll play the first two and sing the last one!

from “The Comedy of Errors”

yet another musical theatre adaptation with music by Richard Rogers, the “Boys from Syracuse” feature several standards including the up-tempo Jazz tune “This can’t be love”. Here’s the great Tony Bennett’s version:

and…from “Hamlet”

a mystery tune made up of famous jazz tunes by the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Milt Jackson to name a few.

 

Eventually, we will offer a gorgeous Elizabethan love song by 16th century poet Thomas Campion initially written for Luth and voice, entitled “Oft have I sigh’d”.

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