Wednesday, March 30, 2016
National Music Museum
Vermillion, SD — Say farewell to the Folio, but happy birthday to Shakespeare! This Saturday, people are invited to join the National Music Museum and USD as they bid farewell to the Folger Library’s Shakespeare First Folio exhibit and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with cake and a bit of theater. “We were so honored to have the Folio here on the USD campus for the past month, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (April 1616),” says NMM Manager of Communications Patricia Bornhofen, “Now we’re happy to celebrate the great playwright’s birth. The actual day of his birth is not known, but the month is — April (1564).”
Before the Folio exhibit closes down at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, events will mark the day. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. people can enjoy birthday cake at the NMM, followed by a quick procession to Danforth Chapel on USD campus, where a brief performance of a scene from Hamlet will be staged. “Shakespeare had Hamlet ask the immortal question ‘To be or not to be?’ and Shakespeare gave us his own answer through his lifelong creativity: a resounding ‘To be!’ So we will celebrate the man, his masterworks, this great book that brought us so much of his legacy, and life.”
The closing reception will be free and open to the public. Saturday is also the last day of the free daily admission to the rest of the Museum, which will return to paid admission on all days except for NMM “Free Fridays.”
The First Folio! exhibit drew national attention to Museum, USD and Vermillion. For the second time in seven months, the Museum was featured in a major New York Times article. The March 26, 2016, piece begins, “VERMILLION, S.D. — Visitors to this town of about 11,000 on a bluff near the Missouri River have long been surprised to learn that it’s home to a set of rare Stradivari stringed instruments, which are housed in a museum here along with the world’s oldest playable harpsichord, the oldest surviving cello and some 15,000 other historic instruments. But this month, visitors to the National Music Museum on the University of South Dakota campus have also found themselves face to face with another seemingly misplaced cultural treasure: a Shakespeare First Folio.”
Says Bornhofen, “Coverage by an international media outlet of such stature is invaluable to the NMM and our whole community. Having the First Folio here is a further step to raising national awareness about the cultural treasure we have here.”
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Photo caption: Vermillion High School students ham it up for Shakespeare, visiting the First Folio exhibit at the NMM, March 30, 2016.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD.
About the National Music Museum
The National Music Museum, located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, is the world’s finest collection of musical instruments, with 15,000 items in its holdings and 1,200 on public display. Through bold acquisitions on the international market and a network of music-loving benefactors, the NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. The National Music Museum Inc., was founded in 1973 and is a non-profit entity, in partnership with USD.