The Play of Love

April 28 – 30, 2017
Folger Theatre

Medieval troubadours embody the image of courtly, chivalric love in the medieval period, skillfully blending music and poetry. This concert, closing a season of “Dramatic Musicke,” offers a sparkling assortment of passionate love songs, court and country dances, and selections from Adam de la Halle’s Play of Robin and Marion. With guest instrumentalist Shira Kammen on vielle and fiddle and the captivating duo of soprano Emily Noël and baritone Peter Becker.

A 14th-century illuminated manuscript of Piers Plowman, a medieval narrative poem thought to contain the first English references to the Robin Hood legend, is on display from February 4 through April 30 as part of  500 Years of Treasures from Oxford, an exhibition from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


Special Performances

Early Music Seminar: The Play of Love
Wednesday April 26, 6pm
Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert The Play of Love. Wine reception included.
Tickets are $20.

Pre-performance Discussion: The Play of Love
Friday April 28, 7pm
Robert Aubry Davis, seen on WETA’s Around Town and Millennium of Music and heard on XM Radio’s opera and classical vocal music channel, leads a lively pre-concert discussion with the performers.
Free with purchase of ticket to the evening's performance.

Who's Who

Emily Noël