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[Past Event] Music in the Works of Shakespeare

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Course Description:

While no "songbook" exists, there are well over a hundred songs that Shakespeare seems to have known because he inserts them, quotes them, or alludes to them in his plays. Roughly half are ballads, while other categories include love songs, drinking songs, and rounds. Our course will sample Shakespeare's music from a host of plays, including "Romeo & Juliet," "Twelfth Night," "Othello," "Troilus & Cressida," "Midsummer Night's Dream" and others. We will explore the music's role through both visual and audio recordings. No previous Shakespeare experience required.


Tuition: $50.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesday/Thursday, Aug. 27, 29; Sept. 3, 5, 10, 12
*10:00am - noon* (6 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Allston James has taught Shakespeare at OLLI for six years, following a career at Monterey Peninsula College, where he taught English and Humanities. A playwright, he has twice won the British Theatre Challenge and twice received the Bill Broyles Award for Distinguished Playwriting. In 2017 he was semi-finalist for the Sir Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.