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The great virtuoso lutenist John Dowland aspired to be appointed to Elizabeth's court, but to no avail. Along the way he did acquire the patronage of many nobles, however, including the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex, one of Elizabeth's favorites. In this program Folger Consort performs Dowland's dances for five viols and lute named for his patrons, along with consort songs and lute ayres of Shakespeare's time and lyra viol pieces by Tobias Hume. Featuring tenor James Taylor and viol consort Arcadia Viols.

Pre-concert discussion with Robert Aubry Davis
Friday, September 26, 7pm
Free

Early Music Seminar
Wednesday, September 24, 6pm
$15, wine and cheese reception included