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New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

Jazz Funeral to Greet First Folio

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane logoTulane University in New Orleans will welcome the Folger Library's traveling exhibit of William Shakespeare's First Folio May 9 in a manner unique to that Louisiana city: with a Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare.

A copy of the First Folio from the Folger Library's collection is visiting every state in the United States this year as part of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. It will reside in the Newcomb Art Museum on Tulane's uptown campus from May 9–31.

As part of the exhibit's grand opening celebration, the Liberty Brass Band conducted by Michael White will do a traditional Jazz Funeral parade, and alumni, faculty, students, staff, parents, and the general public are invited to provide the second line. Tulane University is also sending the Wendell Brunious Band to England to provide a Jazz Funeral element in Stratford-upon-Avon's formal procession celebrating Shakespeare on April 23.

Visitors to the First Folio exhibition in New Orleans will also have the opportunity to trace across the Tulane campus an "archival circuit" of rare materials connected with the history of book publication in Shakespeare's age in the Howard-Tilton Library Special Collections Department; Shakespeare and race, at the Amistad Research Center; and Shakespeare and gender, at the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections Library.

Other events surrounding the exhibit and anniversary observance include the following:

February 22, 2016

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