Shakespeare Library Launches Online Series ‘Encores’

Past Performances Released Every Friday

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Courtesy Folger Shakespeare Theatre

The Folger Shakespeare Library is set to premier a new online series entitled ‘Encores’, starting Friday Sept. 18.

Encores will feature recordings of past performances from the Folger theatre, musical performances from the Folger Consort, poetry readings from the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and lectures and discussions from Shakespearian scholars. 

The first event in the series, streaming at folger.edu, will be performed by the Folger Consort and is entitled “Sonata sopra l’aria di Ruggiero” a Renaissance piece composed by the Italian-Jewish virtuoso violinist Salomone Rossi. New episodes of Encores will be released every Friday, and while many episodes will include recordings of old performances, new content will also be shown during the Friday feature.

The Encores series joins a variety of virtual experiences available on the Folger website (folger.edu). The online collection includes a full recorded performance of Macbeth from the Folger theatre’s 2008 cast, links to full copies of Shakespearian poems and plays, blogs, podcasts, activities for children and links to virtual events such as the Folger Gala.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare and is the ultimate resource for research and understanding of the writer. The building is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation project and is currently closed to the public. For updates on upcoming events at satellite locations and details about future reopening plans, visit folger.edu

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