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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 "Sonnets 400" with Grant and Priscilla Herreid. Explore these pages to find out more about the 2016 Madison Early Music Festival! 

Presenting and Promotional Partners

A program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute, 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.