Salon: Ben Jonson and the Masque
Masque history with music, poetry, wine and conversation

Tuesday 20 October 2015, 7:30 pm

The Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue at the Summerhill subway (see map below)

The English poet and playwright Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is a towering figure in the history of the masque art form. Artistic Director Larry Beckwith takes a look at the masque tradition as it existed during the Jacobean era, featuring dramatic and musical excerpts from Jonson's own work.

Hosted and sponsored by TMT patrons Walter and Marina Unger, the evening will include snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.

Larry Beckwith, speaker, tenor and violin
Martin Julien, actor
Professor Brian Corman, commentator

Katherine Hill, soprano and viola da gamba
Ben Stein, lute

More on Ben Jonson and the Evening
The playwright, poet and essayist Ben Jonson is one of the great figures in the history of the masque. Like his contemporary, William Shakespeare, he tackled themes with such a direct and poetic eloquence that his works speak to us as strongly today as they did 400 years ago. Largely known for his celebrated plays, such The Alchemist, Volpone and Bartholomew Fair, he was a favourite artist at the court of James I and created – along with many brilliant collaborators – close to three dozen masques, entertainments that combined dance, poetry, theatre and music, set off by lavish scenery and costumes. While written for the aristocracy, these works addressed a wide range of themes that – in a veiled way – also explored the issues of the day. Among his many collaborators were the musicians Alfonso Ferrabosco, Robert Johnson, Giovanni Coperario, Thomas Campion and the designer Inigo Jones.

Toronto Masque Theatre begins its journey into the works of this great master with a salon which will introduce our audience to the story of Jonson’s life – a story full of controversy and intrigue – and the remarkable scope of his masques, from the ingenious Masque of Blackness of 1605 to Love’s Welcome at Bolsover thirty years later. Artistic Director Larry Beckwith will host an evening of words, music, food and drink – featuring interviews, dramatic excerpts, songs and instrumental music illustrating Jonson’s rich masque repertoire.

$20 (includes snacks)

BY PHONE: 416-410-4561

 Tuesday 20 October 2015, 7:30

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