Renaissance Music in Cincinnati The Shakespeare Band
Early Music in Cincinnati
The Shakespeare band plays music of the English Renaissance
Early Music in Cincinnati - English Renaissance - by the Shakespeare Band
Cincinnati English Renaissance Music - Early music- Lute and early instruments.
Shakespeare often used scraps of popular songs in his plays as vehicles for jokes, emotions, or implied meanings. The songs he quoted were well-known at the time, but a modern audience misses the context that a full song can communicate. The Song and Soliloquy Program, presented by The Shakespeare Band, takes the audience on a journey with a selection of complete songs and original tunes referenced in Shakespearean plays. The set features voice and lute, instruments that were commonly employed in 16th- and 17th-century England. Between vocal selections, an actress recites soliloquies from Shakespeare's plays. This is an authentic, delightful doorway into the sounds and sentiments that were native to Shakespeare as he wrote his famous works. Great Idea for any Cincinnati early music performance or event!
Our musicians have years of experience in historic performance. Most are graduates of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. We use musicians from The Noyse Merchants and The Shakespeare Band to play at your wedding! We play authentic music on museum-quality reproduction instruments. No modern guitars or other instruments are used. We are proud to present historically-informed performances on authentic period, reproduction instruments.
We have all played locally at The Cincinnati Art Museum, the Christ Church Concert Series, and other important venues. Most of our players have national and international resumes.
Some early music program options:
1. Solo - Elizabethan lute.
2. Soprano and Lute - Some of the best know songs from Shakespeare plays and Renaissance England.
3. The Shakespeare Pair - Lute music paired with Shakespearean texts (see video).
4. Two Lute players and a soprano - Both lute players are multi-instrumentalists and incorporate Renaissance guitar and flute.
5 Noyse Merchants Band - Lute, woodwinds, percussion and Hurdygurdy- Lots of fun with this group! A variety of Medieval, Renaissance and a few Celtic tunes..
6. Same as 5 above but add a singer and oh! - do we have a great singer!
Prices below reflect 30 to 50 minute non-wedding programs. Weddings are often a little more due to wait times and special requests. Lets' talk!
(All prices are quoted in US dollars.) Amplification is an additional fee of $50.00 to $150.00 depending on the number of players.
Non-wedding services begin at only $150.00 for soloists. Duos begin at $300.00, Trios 4$50.00, and a four-piece band starts at only $600.00. We also do a five-piece band with singer beginning at $1000.00.
Tell us what your needs are and we are happy to discuss a budget,
Yes, we will travel and costumes are available for an extra fee.
Wedding services begin at $250.00 for soloist, $400.00 for duos, trios at $600, and full band at $850.00. Weddings are difficult to quote because there are so many variables that effect the final price. Email us and let's talk about your requirements. Be sure to involve your wedding planner if you have one.
Here are some basic question we will be asking. Feel free to cut and paste these into an email and send it to tangoatfusedotnet.
Wedding music questions for quotes: 1) Would you like music for ceremony only or ceremony and reception both? 2)Would you like pre ceremony music? 3) Do you have a cocktail hour? Would you like music for that? 4) Would you like music for your reception? How long will it be? 5) How much time is there between the wedding and reception and are they at the same location? 6) What is the date of your wedding? 7) Do you have special pieces of music that you would like? In early music the standard wedding processional music usually didn’t exist. We would be happy to make suggestions. Yes we can do Pachelbel’s Canon! 8) Would you like a singer? 9) Where is your wedding and reception? 10) How many guests will you have? 11) Is there electricity available at the locations? 12) Is the event indoors and if it’s not, is there shelter for the musicians? 13) Do you have special clothing requests for us? (we can supply Renaissance costumes for a small extra fee) 14) Would you like a soloist, duo, trio, or 5-piece band with singer? Singer can also be a duo with a lute or trio. 15) Finally, do you have a budget you would like to tell us about upfront? We can make recommendations accordingly.
We specialize in early music performed on historically accurate instruments -- especially the Renaissance Lute, giving our audiences a chance to not only listen to but to also see instruments they might only have seen in videos and photography. We are also happy to explain them as people are often curious. Our performances are well suited to Museums, libraries, churches, schools feasts, events, entertainment,and private homes. We are from Cincinnati and are happy to travel to your area. Unique Early Chamber music in Cincinnati.