November Newsletter from the Madison Early Music Festival.
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Madison Early Music Festival

Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016

As you may know, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was recently named Wisconsin's host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will tour all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, beginning in January 2016. A full list of host sites and tour dates is available at

The First Folio exhibition will be open to the public at the Chazen Museum of Art in late 2016. The Folio itself will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "to be or not to be." A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare's impact, then and now, will be accompanied by digital content and interactive activities.

The exhibition is part of a much larger effort to engage the entire state of Wisconsin in educational programming related to the arts of playwright William Shakespeare, called Shakespeare in Wisconsin. We are thrilled to take part in this initiative with Madison Early Music Festival 2016 - Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration.

Thank you, Wisconsin Arts Board!

We'd like to take the time to thank the Wisconsin Arts Board for their support of the Madison Early Music Festival!

The Wisconsin Arts Board is
the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. The organization believes that the arts are basic to human life and essential to the human spirit.

Visit their website by clicking here to learn more about the impact the Wisconsin Arts Board has on the creativity, culture, community, and commerce throughout the state.


Prepare for MEMF 2016

The Division of Continuing Studies is offering an exciting new course in early February that serves as the perfect preparation for the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration.

Singing the Madrigals of Shakespeare's Time consists of four sessions that will revolve around the English madrigals of the 16th and 17th centuries, with group singing and listening at the forefront. Click here to find out more about this course dedicated to the music of Shakespeare's time.
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