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  Today: Thursday, December 18, 2014


The Shakespeare Gallery  FREE

Ongoing, Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm
Folger Great Hall

Discover what it might have been like to see a play in Shakespeare's time in a family-friendly display, The Play's the Thing!, and explore the Folger through our visitor film on why Shakespeare matters.

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Tickets: FREE



Decoding the Renaissance  FREE

November 11, 2014–February 26, 2015
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Bill Sherman

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

Tickets: FREE



A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

December 18, 2014    7:30pm–9:30pm
Pre-concert discussion Friday at 7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Single tickets sales begin in Summer 2014.

Tickets: $50


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