The music and comedy of Shakespeare and exciting contemporary dance are on the bill at Western Carolina University in January.
WCU’s Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series presents the following:
– “Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays,” by the Ensemble Chaconne with Pamela Dellal; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, recital hall of the Coulter Building; free.
– Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well,” performed by the American Shakespeare Center; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Fine and Performing Arts Center; $10 general public, $5 senior citizens and free for students.
– Ailey II, a company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, Fine and Performing Arts Center; $15 general public, $10 senior citizens and $5 for students.
The Ensemble Chaconne is Peter H. Bloom on Renaissance flute, Carol Lewis on viola da gamba, Olav Chris Henriksen on Renaissance lute and mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal. In its 24th season, the ensemble performs the music Shakespeare’s audiences would have heard, written by composers of the day. Selections will include music from “As You Like It,” “Twelfth Night,” “Henry V,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Tempest,” “Hamlet,” “Othello,” “Macbeth” and more.
The American Shakespeare Center seeks to re-create Renaissance conditions for its performances through lighting, casting, pacing, sets and costumes that are true to the era. In “All’s Well That Ends Well,” the clever and tenacious Helen cures the King of France of an affliction and in return receives the hand of her heart’s desire, Bertram – whose heart has other desires. Shakespeare explores the human condition with this bittersweet comedy that plays with truth and fiction.
Ailey II, the second company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, combines the talent of the country’s best young dancers with the creative vision of emerging choreographers. In the midst of a North American tour, Ailey II will perform the world premiere of “Proximity … But No Relation” by Carlos dos Santos and new productions of “Essence” by Christopher L. Huggins, “Echoes” by Thang Dao and “Divining” by Judith Jamison.
The Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series presents performers, speakers and projects to provide quality, challenging entertainment at WCU.
For more information about these events, call LCE at 828-227-3622. For tickets to “All’s Well That Ends Well” and Ailey II, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479, or find the tickets link online at fapac.wcu.edu.