Community News: Palouse Choral Society Presents “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

By Karen Weathermon, Palouse Choral Society Member

The Palouse Choral Society is proud to present its first concert of the 2017-2018 season in mid-October. Entitled “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” the concert will present texts written or inspired by Shakespeare and set in a wide variety of styles—including contemporary madrigals, jazz, country and western, and Broadway musicals. Promising to present Shakespeare with fresh perspectives, the performances will be Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pullman High School Auditorium, and Sunday, October 15, at 4 p.m. at the Clarkston High School Auditorium.

Under the direction of Artistic and Music Director Sarah Graham, the Palouse Choral Society will perform selections from composers including Emma Lou Diemer, George Shearing, and Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach), as well as selections from the musicals Something Rotten! and Kiss Me Kate. Several pieces are settings of sonnets or lyrics to songs from Shakespeare’s comedies such as Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It, while others are inspired by Shakespearean insults and wordplay. Lewis-Clark State College English professor and Shakespeare scholar, Dr. Peter Remien, will offer commentary as a featured guest on the program.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at Adult tickets are $20 each or four for $60. Student tickets are $8, and children ages 6-12 are admitted free. Season tickets for the four-concert series are also available for $60. Questions about tickets may be directed to or by calling (208) 352-0201.