Monday, February 28, 2022

What's On at the Folger: March 2022—Many Virtual Events!




March at the Folger



Folger Consort



The Viennese School

Music from the Court of Maximilian I




March 4 – 6




Available March 18


On-Demand | $20 – $50


Trace the origins of Vienna’s musical legacy with music from the earliest “Viennese School”—early 16th-century composers Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Isaac, and Ludwig Senfl—to their followers in Viennese musical tradition, including Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, and Webern. These later Viennese works are performed in new arrangements for the Consort’s early instruments by composer David Froom. Plus, a world premiere performance of Froom’s setting of "Lament of the City" by poet Sue Standing.

Featuring tenor Steven Soph and Renaissance strings and winds. 



Review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols for in-person performances.


Early Music Seminar

Wednesday, March 2, 6 pm ET
Live on Zoom
$10, Free for Consort Subscribers

Folger Consort Co-Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein explores the music of The Viennese School: Music from the Court of Maximilian I.



Playlist: Ludwig 'n' Friends

Get a sneak peek at the music from this month's concert with a Spotify playlist of compositions by Senfl, Schubert, Schoenberg, and others.



O.B. Hardison Poetry Series



Shara McCallum and Tamiko Beyer

Writing the Past to Right the Future: The Poets of Alice James Books

Monday, March 7, 7:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | $5 - $30 ($15 suggested)

Shara McCallum and Tamiko Beyer, who publish their poems through Alice James Books, share poems that interrogate and rewrite the past, and dare to imagine a better and more informed future.



Folger Theatre



Nathan the Wise

In Association with Theater J

March 16 – April 10
Theater J | $30 – $85

In 12th-century Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live side by side in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks: “Which religion is the one most beloved by G-d?” Lives, and the future of Jerusalem itself, are on the line as the brilliant Jewish merchant Nathan seeks an answer.

This funny and timely Shakespeare-styled play is chock full of mistaken identities, foiled romances, and relationships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s smart new adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.



Stage Director Talk

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 pm
Theater J | $20

Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theater J and director of Nathan the Wise, shares insights into the creative process.


Brews and Banter

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm
Theater J | $15

Join members of the Nathan the Wise cast for an off-the-cuff pre-show conversation about the production.



Pre-Show Talk

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 pm
Theater J


Folger Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Nathan the Wise in an insightful pre-performance discussion.


Post-Show Talk

Thursday, March 31
After the 8 pm performance

Theater J | Free with your ticket

Join cast members from Nathan the Wise for a post-show discussion moderated by Resident Dramaturg Michele Osherow.



Review Theater J's COVID-19 Safety Protocols for in-person performances.


Talks, Screenings, and More


Words, Words, Words Virtual Book Club


The King at the
Edge of the World

Thursday, March 3, 6:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Registration Required

In Arthur Phillips's novel of early modern espionage, a stranded Ottoman physician is sent to Edinburgh to spy on Scotland's King James VI, who is soon to ascend to the throne of England.



If We Were Villains

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Registration Required

Registration opens March 8 for our April meeting, when we discuss M.L. Rio's thriller about the student Shakespeareans of the fictional Dellecher Classical Conservatory.



Shakespeare Lightning Round: Shirine Babb

Wednesday, March 9, 5 pm ET
Live on Instagram | Free

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best Shakespeare character? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Actor Shirine Babb, Nerissa in Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theatre Company's new Merchant of Venice, shares her hot takes on the Bard and theater.



Virtually Everything:
Missy Dunaway

Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Exclusive for Folger Members

Members are invited to exclusive programs, including Virtually Everything, Folger Director Michael Witmore's smart, joyful interview series about... well, virtually everything! This month, watch Mike's conversation with artist and Folger Fellow Missy Dunaway and catch up on our back catalog of conversations.





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Photo credits: Folger Consort and Robert Eisenstein. Photos: Brittany Diliberto, Bee Two Sweet. | Ludwig Senfl, by Heinrich Eduard Winter. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, with digital edits. | Brews and Banter. Photo: Ray Photography Co. | Michael Witmore. Photo: Chris Hartlove. | Rendering (c)KieranTimberlakeOLIN.