“Shaking up Shakespeare”
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Monday, June 16th 2014 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

National Music Museum

“Play on!” wrote music-lover William Shakespeare.Shakespeare’s age — the Elizabethan era — was a big one in musical history, with the evolution of many ‘new’ musical instruments. Lutes, flutes, fiddles and keyboards, horns, drums, and more were becoming the ‘soundtrack’ of court and city life. A big fan, Shakespeare shook up his stage too with musical instruments (and references to them in his dialogue).

This summer the National Music Museum in Vermillion presents “Shaking up Shakespeare,” a discovery series for youth. Kids will explore the musical instruments and history of Shakespeare’s era. They may even make their own Elizabethan-style instrument to take home.

Two sessions are available, calibrated to kids’ ages. For students entering first through third grades, the session will run from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 19, 2014.  Two time sections are offered: Choose either 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m.

For students entering fourth through sixth grades, a session will run from Monday, June 9through Thursday, June 12, 2014. This session will meet from 9:00-11:30 a.m., June 9-11, and from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 12. Lunch for students will be followed by a noon mini-concert for family and friends.

The fee is just $10 for the first-through-third-grader session and $20 for the fourth-through-sixth-grader session. The series will take place in the National Music Museum at the corner of Clark and Yale Streets, Vermillion, on the University of South Dakota campus. Email Deborah Check Reeves with questions,

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