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The Plymouth Public Library’s Dr. Richard M. Shiff Forum presents: Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers, on Wednesday, May 4th, at 7:00 pm. This musical/historical presentation is produced by Seven Times Salt, a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. We’ll celebrate Plymouth’s 400+ anniversary with music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater; spirited catches by Thomas Ravenscroft; selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, stirring psalms from Sternhold & Hopkins’ Whole Booke of Psalmes, and vigorous tunes from Playford’s The English Dancing Master. You’ll also hear fictitious “diary entries” of the colonists read aloud in Original Pronunciation, or English as it sounded in the time of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I—and the Pilgrims!
The Plimoth colonists, or “Pilgrims” as they were later called, were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists. They brought with them music experiences as varied as their reasons for coming to the New World, and the Plimoth Colony heard not just solemn English psalms, but also catches, ballads, and dance tunes. This hour-long program follows the settlers from their homes in England’s cities and countryside, to religious refuge in the Netherlands, and onward to their challenging though fulfilling life in Plimoth Colony.
Registration is required for this free program. Please register on the library’s calendar of events. For more information call Tom Cummiskey, Outreach/Senior Services Librarian, at 508-830-4250 or TTY 508-747-5882 or email email@example.com