The Early Interval invites you to a Twelfth Night double bill of musical drama! The program begins with the medieval Play of Herod, a 12th-century liturgical "mystery" play, which tells the story of the Magi's visit to the nativity in song. Masques were a festive Twelfth Night tradition beginning in the Renaissance, and reached their height of popularity in the early 17th century. Ben Jonson's Christmas, his Masque premiered in 1616 as a light-hearted entertainment. Just over 400 years later, a fresh interpretation will feature songs and dances by English court composers including Thomas Campion and Thomas Lupo. Join the celebration!
The Early Interval was formed in 1976 and has performed medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music for audiences all over Ohio and beyond. The ensemble performs vocally and on early wind, string, keyboard, and percussion instruments. The group has engaged in a wide variety of collaborations with actors and theater companies, dance companies, vocal ensembles, narrators, composers, and guest instrumentalists.