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

Click on a photo to learn more about the artist.  Want to see who is performing in each of our shows?  Click on the concert title to view. You can do the same with instrumentalists and vocalists!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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October 18th, Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library

ADDRESS: 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Concert begins at 8:00 pm, (pre-concert lecture at 7:30 pm)

***Complimentary wine and prosecco available before concert and at intermission***
Nearby parking garage: 100 West Chestnut Street (enter on Clark Street). Parking rates are $11 (0-6 hours) and $13 (6-8 hours).
Limited metered street parking available near Library
Directions for via L, bus available here.
Alternatively, we recommend visiting SpotHero to book a space at the Newberry Plaza Garage – great deals on parking are available when you book in advance using this website/app!

October 19th, International House, U of C

ADDRESS: 1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Concert begins at 2:00 pm, (pre-concert lecture at 1:30 pm) – PLEASE NOTE ATYPICAL START TIME

***Reception to celebrate partnership with Global Voices to follow the performance.***

Limited street parking is available around the Midway Plaisance and all around campus. PLEASE NOTE THAT PARKING MAY BE IMPACTED BY CAMPUS EVENTS AND OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO.

The preferred visitors parking garage is located at Drexel Avenue and 61st Street. The garage opens at 9 am on weekdays. The parking rate is $4 per hour.
The parking lot at the corner of Drexel Avenue and 60th Street is free on weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays.
Alternatively, we recommend visiting SpotHero to book a space at the Newberry Plaza Garage – great deals on parking are available when you book in advance using this website/app!

October 20th, Galvin Recital Hall, NU

ADDRESS: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
***Please note venue is located inside the Bienen Music School, a large building on Lake Michigan. On the side of the structure you will see the name of the building itself, which is “The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.”***Concert begins at 3:00 pm, (pre-concert lecture at 2:30 pm) 

General campus directions (leads to visitors center very close to Music School) can be found here.
A large parking lot is located nearby the venue and is free to all on Sundays. Additional parking options can be found here.