April 21

If you fancy yourself an interpreter of the words of William Shakespeare, join us Saturday, April 21, for an afternoon with the Bard. Dust off a scene, a soliloquy or a sonnet by the man from Stratford and, by my troth, bring your “A” Game. Pumpkin hose and neck ruffs are not required.

Save a reading slot for yourself by contacting the Aux Dog staff at 505-596-0607 or info@auxdog.com. Tell us what you plan to perform and how long your performance runs. (Keep it tight, we are expecting a lot of bard interpreters.) Authentic Renaissance music performed by Sarah Manthey and Mary Bruesch of the Early Byrd consort of viols.

Performances start at 3 pm, Saturday, April 28th at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill -- 3011-3015 Monte Vista Blvd, NE, Albuquerque NM 87106. It is “pay what you can.”

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The Musicians

While in Spain studying guitar, Sarah Manthey stumbled into a viol concert and the course of her life was altered forever. Several years later she moved to Switzerland and then to Germany to study the viola da gamba (as it is also called) and play with others who were also interested in early instruments and historical performance practice. She has worked with chamber groups of all stripes in Germany and beyond, and is now focusing on continuing that work in New Mexico.

Mary Bruesch holds a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from St. Olaf College and did graduate work in cello, chamber music, and music history at the Universities of Maine and New Mexico. She took up the viola da gamba in 1990 as a member of UNM’s Early Music Ensemble, going on to perform for many years as a founding member of the Albuquerque Baroque Players. She is retired from UNM, where she worked as a music specialist in the Fine Arts & Design Library.