The Merchant of Venice: Music and Poetry of Shakespeare's Play (2015)

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This article is about a Folger Consort performance inspired by Shakespeare's play. For other uses, see The Merchant of Venice (disambiguation).

Folger Consort performed The Merchant of Venice: Music and Poetry of Shakespeare's Play on February 27, 2015 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Accompanying ayres by John Dowland, string music and songs by Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi, and wind pieces from the Bassano family, actors joined the Consort on stage with passages from Shakespeare's play. The Consort performed The Merchant of Venice with violins, viol, lute, theorbo, and accompanying ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.



Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: violin
  • Christopher Kendall: theorbo, lute

Guest artists

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

  • Michael Collver: cornetto
  • Priscilla Herreid: shawm, dulcian, recorder, bagpipe
  • Joan Kimball: shawm, recorder, bagpipe
  • Liza Malamut: sackbut
  • Bob Wiemken: dulcian, recorder, percussion

Folger Consort

  • Risa Browder: violin
  • Brent Wissick: viol, cello
  • Emily Noël: soprano


  • Derek Jacobi: Shylock/Bassanio
  • Samantha Bond: Portia/Young Gobbo
  • Richard Clifford: Antonio/Salerio/Messenger/Balthazar
  • Shirine Babb: Nerissa/Jessica