2017 is the 453rd anniversary of the birth and death of the greatest poet and playwright that ever lived: William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564 in Stratford on Avon, England, deceased April 23, 1616.
We will give a musical tribute to the author of the most astonishing contributions to the English language, and to how that writing inspired composers, throughout the centuries to set his stories and his words to music. The date is Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. The location: Historic Peterloon, in Indian Hill. Tickets: $30.
But not only did Shakespeare serve as a fountain of material for other artists, for he also contributed much to our everyday English language, so that when you encounter an awkward situation and you want to “BREAK THE ICE” or you meet a “HARD-HEADED” person or you find yourself “IN A PICKLE” and you don’t want to become a “LAUGHING STOCK” or you “CATCH A COLD” or you say to your child: “THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER” or you conclude that “LOVE IS BLIND” or you meet someone with “A HEART OF GOLD” because that person “WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE” or you figure out that someone has “A METHOD TO HIS MADNESS”…whenever you say or do any of this, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE QUOTING SHAKESPEARE!”
These are the artists quoting the Bard on Sunday April 23: Pedro Arroyo, Kimberly Daniel, Annalise Dwonczyk, Emily Fink, Luke Flood, Caitlin Gotimer, Samuel Martin and William Willits.