William Shakespeare, 1633.  By permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library
William Shakespeare, 1633.
By permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Texas Medical Library will host a free Shakespeare event with music, demonstrations, and refreshments noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

The Shepherd School Crumhorn Collective musical ensemble will delight the audience with a musical performance of Renaissance wind music and an introduction of the unique musical instruments used during medieval times. The Barony of The Stargate, the local chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism will be on-site with examples of utensils, clothing, and weapons used in Shakespearean works.

The Shepherd School Crumhorn Collective was founded in 2009 as a student-run renaissance band at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Their mission is to bring Renaissance wind music to audiences who might otherwise not encounter it and to inform audiences in an interactive setting about great music of the past.

The music for Renaissance winds involves any combination of the following instruments: crumhorns, recorders, shawms, sackbuts, cornetti, lute, and appropriate percussion (frame drum, tambourine, and tabor).

The Barony of The Stargate is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, within the Coastal Regional subdivision of the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

These events are held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit “And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors,” on display at the TMC Library until March 23.

– Beatriz Varman, TMC Library