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Madison Early Music Festival 2016
Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration
July 9 - 16, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute announces the 17th annual Madison Early Music Festival, Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration, from July 9-16, 2016, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and celebrating the glorious 45-year reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

MEMF 2016 celebrates the musical legacy of these two titans in a full week of Elizabethan history and culture through concerts, lectures, films, classes and dances with some of the world's finest artists. Featured concert artists include New York Polyphony, The Newberry Consort, The Baltimore Consort and The Milton Consort. Explore these pages to find out more about the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival! 


You are invited to an evening of fun, food, and music benefiting the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF)! In anticipation of the Festival, we are hosting an Elizabethan celebration at the University Club on Thursday, May 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm!

A program of lute songs by composer John Dowland will be presented by past MEMF participant, lutenist Brandon Acker and MEMF Artistic Directors baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Cheryl Bensman-Rowe. A special menu of delectable hors d’oeuvres inspired by Shakespeare’s time will be served and Bos Meadery will be offering a mead tasting for an additional fee.

The fundraiser costs $30 and all net proceeds will benefit the Madison Early Music Festival to help us cover expenses related to bringing this year’s amazing concert artists. During the evening, you’ll also be able to designate a contribution to support specific concerts or artists during the 2016 Festival.

An Elizabethan Celebration
Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: University Club
803 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
Cost: $30 (additional fee for mead tasting)
suggested parking at State Street Campus ramp

Click here to register for the event. Advance registration is preferred. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 4.


Presenting and Promotional Partners

A program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Instituted, offered in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Part of Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016.

This program is funded in part by grants from the Anonymous Fund, Dane Arts, the Evjue Foundation and Wisconsin Arts Board. Additional support is provided by the WIlliam J. Wartmann Endowment for the Madison Early Music Festival, the Jane Graff Bequest for the Madison Early Music Festival and Friends of the Madison Early Music Festival.