Famed Quartet to Present Mini-Concert for Kids

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The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a performance of Renaissance music by famed quartet Ayreheart on Friday, March 18th at 10:30 am, to celebrate the Shakespeare Folio exhibition at the National Music Museum. Children of any age, and caregivers, are welcome to attend this mini-concert aiming to introduce children to the music of Shakespeare’s time.

The quartet, composed of members Ronn McFarlane, Brian Kay, Will Morris, and Mattias Rucht, performs Renaissance concerts with voice, two lutes, colascione (a kind of bass lute) and hand percussion. These historically informed concerts give a glimpse into the lute’s past, and the expressiveness that prompted Renaissance writers to call the lute “The Prince of Instruments.”

This March, one of the most valuable books in history — the Shakespeare First Folio — will arrive at the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion. The historic 17th-century volume will be on view March 7 – April 2, 2016, within a special multi-panel, interactive display. The Folger Library traveling exhibit, titled First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, will also ignite a series of Shakespeare-related events in the Vermillion community. Concerts, movies, lectures, and family events are planned. All will be free to the public — including admission to the National Music Museum itself during the 27 days of the First Folio exhibition at USD.

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