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April 2013


Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland  

January 19–May 19, 2013
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Thomas Herron and Brendan Kane

Often portrayed only as a country in conflict during the 16th and 17th centuries, Ireland was also a place of intermingling culture and adaptability. Nobility and Newcomers explores both the conflict and the opportunities and challenges open to both Irish and English nobility, and reveals Ireland as a land of ideas and art.

Please note: Sundays, open NOON - 5pm

Tickets: FREE



Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2013: Andrew Hadfield  

April 8, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor at the University of Granada. He is the author of a number of works on early modern literature, including Edmund Spenser: A Life (2012), Literature, Travel and Colonialism in the English Renaissance, 1540-1625 (2007); Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005); Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruyt and Salvage Soyl (1997); and Literature, Politics and National Identity: Reformation to Renaissance (1994). He was editor of Renaissance Studies (2006-11) and is a regular reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement. He will speak on "Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts."

Tickets: Free



Early Music Seminar: VIENNA  

April 10, 2013    6pm
Folger Board Room

Led by Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein, these lively and insightful seminars give music lovers a detailed look at the composers and their world. A light fare reception is also included.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

2013 Gala


April 11, 2013    6:30pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is its most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event will support the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond.

2013 Folger Gala

Tickets: $600



VIENNA: Music for Maximilian  

April 12, 2013    8pm
April 13, 2013    5pm
April 13, 2013    8pm
April 14, 2013    2pm
Pre-concert discussion Friday at 7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Between 1493 and 1519, the Viennese Imperial Court of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, amassed the largest musical establishment in Europe. Maximilian had a chapel choir filled with famous singer-composers, military bands, an array of chamber instruments, and virtuoso organists. Enjoy lovely, lively, and lusty songs; charming instrumental pieces; and monumental sacred pieces proclaiming the glory of the Habsburg Emperor to the world.

Tickets: $37



Learning to Breathe: An evening with Terry McMillan  

April 20, 2013    7:30pm
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Terry McMillan, the acclaimed author of Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, reads from her recent work.

Tickets: $22


Shakespeare's Birthday

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House  

April 21, 2013    Noon–4pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

Come celebrate Will's birthday with jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance. Enjoy stage combat workshops, the chance to perform your favorite lines of Shakespeare on the Folger stage, and tours and treasure hunts of the Folger's reading rooms. Plus, birthday cake for all, cut by Queen Elizabeth!

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Tickets: Free


Education Program

Experiencing Shakespeare Virtual Field Trip:
Up on Your Feet!

April 23, 2013    1pm–2pm

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday with the Folger in this exciting new electronic field trip! Follow four students as they discover Shakespeare's language, make meaning of the words, and learn through performance. Participate in live interactive segments using Web 2.0 technology to allow students to explore his plays and language with the experts. Designed for students in grades 6-12.

Recording available online until June 30, 2013 at www.aptv.org/bard

Ages: 10 — 18

Tickets: Free



Billy Collins  

April 29, 2013    7:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE

Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads from his body of work. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets: $15



Twelfth Night  

April 30–June 9, 2013
Preview Dates: April 30–May 5, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 6–June 9, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy.



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