‘Shakespeare and Music’ – an Invitation

Leah Hokanson

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Tuesday, April 7 2015

“The man that hath no music in himself,

 Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,

 Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils…”

- The Merchant of Venice

 This is the short and the long of it: last winter Lulu and the Gabriola Arts Council put out a call to Gabriola performing artists to help Lulu celebrate her 10th birthday. We received a number of exciting and innovative proposals including, as good luck would have it, one from beloved Gabriola actor, Antony Holland, who invited me to present an evening of “Shakespeare and Music” with him. In the twinkling of an eye, I said “yes!”

 So please join us Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Auditorium as Lulu turns 10 and presents “Shakespeare and Music.” The evening will also feature two of the most inspiring musicians I know (and as merry as the day is long) – cellist Allannah Dow and vocalist Tina Jones.

It is a foregone conclusion that William Shakespeare was a great lover of music, and referred to it in many of his plays. He also inspired countless musicians over the centuries, from classical composers like Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Giuseppe Verdi, and Sergei Prokofiev; to pop artists like Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rush, Radiohead, and Rufus Wainwright. 

So it’s high time we celebrate to our heart’s content the genius of Shakespeare with Antony’s enchanting and masterful delivery and some surprising and captivating musical pairings.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the Village Liquor Store; door tickets $25; youth (16 and under) $5. 

For more information please visit www.luluperformingarts.ca or email luluturns10@gmail.com.

“If music be the food of love, play on.”