The Bard – September 2013

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Clerestory kicks off its eighth season with tunes to please every listener. William Shakespeare, a giant of drama and literature, also looms large in the world of music: his clever, innately lyrical words have enticed centuries of composers. With The Bard, Clerestory pays homage to this greatest of English wordsmiths in songs from the Renaissance through the modern day. Many of the pieces in our program bring to life songs Shakespeare wrote into his own plays—moments in which the drama pauses to elevate a few tender lines or to relish a moment of cheerful coarseness. Familiar favorites from Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Jaako Mantyjarvi are joined by new treasures from Cory Johnson, Karen Siegel, and others. Are you ‘to be, or not to be’ in the audience? Verily, we hope so!

Saturday, September 28, 8:00pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Sunday, September 29, 4:00pm
Chapel of the Chimes

Sunday, October 6, 4:00pm
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:00pm
Live at Mission Blue

New! Click here to download a .zip file of all the song tracks.

Click the triangle ‘play’ button to the left of each song title to play it, or right-click the title to download the song to your computer.

It Was a Lover and His Lass

Take, O Take Those Lips Away

Through the House Give Glimmering Light

Under the Greenwood Tree

Signifying Nothing

To Be, or Not To Be

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day

My Love is as a Fever

When Are We Leaving?

Full Fathom Five


The Cloud Capp’d Towers

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Over Hill, Over Dale

Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred

The Willow Song

Orpheus with His Lute

The Lark at Heaven’s Gate Sings

Fear No More

No More Shakespeare Songs?

If Music Be the Food of Love