Music of Shakespeare’s Plays by Ensemble Chaconne April 24

April 1st, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth.N.H.—Ensemble Chaconne, with mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal, will join the 30th Annual Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum for a single public performance Friday, April 24 at 8:15 p.m. The concert will be performed at Heritage Hall in Hall Residence Hall on Highland Street in Plymouth.

Praised for “vitality and character … style and verve” by MusicWeb International, Ensemble Chaconne is celebrating its 23rd season.

Members of the ensemble are Peter H. Bloom, Renaissance flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba and Olav Chris Henriksen, Renaissance lute.

Ensemble Chaconne will perform “Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays” at PSU, a sampling of the music Shakespeare’s audiences would have heard, written by the leading composers of his day. Selections are tied directly to the plays and include music from “As You Like It,” “Measure for Measure,” “Twelfth Night,” “Henry V,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Tempest,” “Hamlet,” “Othello,” “MacBeth” and other plays.

“Measure for Measure” was hailed as “the perfect Elizabethan evening” by the “Portland Press Herald,” and praised as “a rich musical experience” by the “Concord Monitor.”

Ensemble Chaconne has garnered consistent critical acclaim for its vivid concerts of Renaissance music on period instruments. They have developed themed programs for organizations including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum, and have performed in concert halls across the U.S.

Guest artist Pamela Dellal has toured the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan and has recorded for Arabesque Records, Artona, BMG, and others. Critics have praised her “exquisite vocal color” and “eloquent phrasing” (“The Boston Globe”).

Tickets for Ensemble Chaconne’s Plymouth performance are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students. Contact Professor Karolyn Kinane at (603) 535-2402 or send e-mail to Tickets will be sent to you if time allows, or held for pick up.

Information about the Medieval and Renaissance Forum is available online at or from Professor Kinane, director of the forum, via e-mail to

General information about events at PSU is online at ThisWeek@PSU,