Historical Performance students perform before Indiana Festival Theatre’s performances of “Twelfth Night”

Sarah Huebsch

Sarah Huebsch

Let us whet your appetite for the “Bard of Avon.” In the tradition of Shakespeare’s productions, musicians from the Jacobs School of Music’s newly renamed Historical Performance Institute (established as the Early Music Institute) bring instrumental music of Elizabethan England to the Wells-Metz Theatre mezzanine.

Jacobs students will provide pre-show music at each performance of Indiana Festival Theatre’s (IFT) Twelfth Night, July 5-26, and will offer special lectures on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays on July 17 and 23.

Music starts at 6:45pm for 7:30pm performances and 1:15pm for 2pm matinees. The group’s leaders—Keith Collins, Sarah Huebsch, and Kelsey Schilling—will present a free lecture on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays, “Fie, that you’ll say so! He plays o’ the viol-de-gamboys” (Twelfth Night I:ii),” on July 17 and 23 at 6:30pm.

“In Shakespeare’s plays, musicians often attend the guests, play between scenes, and are summoned directly into the drama as it unfolds,” Huebsch said. “Ariel (The Tempest) dances and provides soft and strange music on the island. Desdemona sings “willow, willow, willow” (Othello IV: iii), which becomes an essential aria nearly 300 years later in Verdi’s Otello. Music on the Elizabethan stage played a crucial role within the drama.”

Tickets for the show are $25 Regular, $20 Seniors, and $15 Students at theatre.indiana.edu and 812-855-1103 (Ticket not required to enjoy the music!)

For details about the music and lectures, contact Sarah Huebsch at huebschs@indiana.edu. For more information about Indiana Festival Theatre, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu or 812-855-0514.

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