Exploration of Shakespeare and Music

PaulSomers-webthumb_duoATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ (February 22, 2016)—Explore Shakespeare and music at the March installment of music lectures by Paul M. Somers, given in four counties. These monthly lectures are sponsored by the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

This installment, the second of a two-part series on “Music and Literature” beginning on Tuesday, March 8, in Ocean City, will explore in this 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death the relationship that music has had on his verse—the musical settings based on The Bard’s plays. Included will be music used in the Globe Theater and also music by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius, and others.

The lectures will occur on Tuesday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; Wednesday, March 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing Branch, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing; Thursday, February 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate; Monday, March 14, at the Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., Little Egg Harbor Township; and that same day from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland.

Subsequent lectures this season will consist of a question-and-answer session in April, and a Fresh Ears® experience in May.

Somers, Adult Education Director for the Bay Atlantic Symphony and co-founder with his wife Janet of Maurice River Music, is also a composer and a performer, who was for 25 years the harpsichordist for the Virtuoso Strings of New York. For 10 years, he was a reviewer for the Star-Ledger.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the libraries in which they are given.

For further information, call the Bay Atlantic Symphony at (856) 451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at (856) 506-0580. For the Ocean County series, you can also call the Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch at (609) 294-1197; for the Cumberland County series, you can also call the Vineland Public Library at (856) 794-4244; for the Cape May County series, you can also call the Ocean City Public Library at (609) 399-2434; for the Atlantic County series in Mays Landing, you can call the Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing Branch, at (609) 625-2776; and for the Atlantic County series in Margate, you can also call the Margate Public Library at (609) 822-4700.