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Folger and Jacobi's 'Merchant of Venice'

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Lo Sposalizio (Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli), King's Consort, R. King
(Hyperion, 1998)
Charles T. Downey, In ‘Merchant of Venice,’ authentic music accents the Bard’s history (Washington Post, March 2)
Sometimes the mission of the Folger Consort, to present historically informed performances of early music, overlaps with the specialization of its host institution, the Folger Shakespeare Library. Over the years, the ensemble has collaborated with actor Derek Jacobi and stage director Richard Clifford to present adaptations of the plays of Shakespeare, combining excerpts of the play with appropriate music. After their version of “The Tempest” in 2010, these artists reunited for a program of “The Merchant of Venice,” heard Friday night at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

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Folger Consort and Piffaro
With Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and Samantha Bond
The Merchant of Venice
Music Center at Strathmore

Rebecca Ritzel, Concert of late Renaissance music inspired by an unlikely source (Washington Post, February 24)

The Fairy Queen (2007)
The Tempest (2010)

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