October 19-21, 2018

Will Kemp Returns: a Jigs Revival

Featuring Steve Player with violin band, lute and guitar, pipe and tabor, bagpipe and costumes by Meriem Bahri.
Pre-concert lecture 1/2 hour prior to the performance. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the concert.

OCTOBER 19, 8 pm Ruggles Hall – doors open 7:15 pm
Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

OCTOBER 20, 8 pm International House – doors open 7:15 pm
The University of Chicago, 1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

OCTOBER 21, 3 pm Galvin Recital Hall – doors open 2:15 pm
Northwestern University Campus, 70 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

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The skinny on broadside ballads

In our upcoming production, “Will Kemp Returns! A Jigs Revival,” we’ll present ballads “in the broadside tradition.” But what is the broadside tradition? In today’s lingo, a ballad is a slow, sad song, maybe with romantic undertones, like something by Whitney Houston...

The Research Behind ‘Will Kemp Returns!’

The Newberry Consort welcomes back British actor, dancer, and guitarist Steve Player to portray Will Kemp, “Shakespeare’s clown.” Two years ago we ventured into this repertoire with our first staged production, presenting three full jigs plus some dancing on our...

The instruments of the Elizabethan stage

In “Will Kemp Returns! A Jigs Revival,” we’re taking you to Elizabethan England, playing music that you might’ve heard in a play by Shakespeare or on the streets of Renaissance London. To help us travel back in time, we’ve invited Renaissance music expert Dan Meyers...

Who Was Will Kemp?

Our 2018-19 season opener is “Will Kemp Returns! A Jigs Revival.” But who was Will Kemp? Will Kemp was a real man — a professional clown and comedic actor in Elizabethan England. Kemp (also known as Kempe), is best-known as one of the original members of Shakespeare’s...

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Friday – DECEMBER 6
PARKING INFORMATION FOR GRACE LUTHERAN: Street parking is available along Division Street and Bonnie Brae. Read signs carefully — there are some restrictions on weekdays. Evening and weekend parking is available in Concordia University’s parking garage, just south of Grace, and in the spaces marked “Concordia” in the park district lot on the north side of Division Street. To learn more please click here (Link to: http://www.graceriverforest.org/welcome/visit/)

Enter the church either via the entrance on Bonnie Brae or on Division Street.


Saturday – DECEMBER 7
PARKING/CTA INFORMATION FOR ST. JOHN CANTIUS: The church is accessible via the CTA Blue line (Chicago stop.) It is also accessible via two CTA bus routes: Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.Street parking is available on Carpenter Street; plus free parking is available in the lot behind the church and the adjacent school (enter lot from Sangamon).  Don’t park in lot across the street. We recommend booking parking in advance at SpotHero (link to: spothero.com)


Sunday  – DECEMBER 8
PARKING/CTA INFORMATION FOR FIRST UNITED  METHODIST CHURCH: The large parking garage directly across from the church (on Church street) is FREE on Sundays (simply take a ticket and insert it at the machine at the exit when you leave.) Free street parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the church. The church is also accessible via the purple L line (Davis stop.)


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