Love! Lust! Longing… Loss – an Elizabethan Romp – In the late 1500s and early 1600s, the lute songs, ballads, theatre songs and pub songs in this program were the “pop music” of their day, a musical language known to all classes of society, from courtiers to commoners. As singer/actors, we use every tool at our disposal to give historically-informed performances that are not bloodless copies, but are rich and alive with meaning, humor and drama, as well as musical artistry. We perform the songs in such a way that modern listeners can more readily understand the nuances of the poetry and the stories told therein. Your audiences will come away with a sense of the richness and range of popular music during the renaissance – from bawdy tales of soldiers and wenches to heartfelt love songs to tongue-in-cheek lovelorn laments and political satires.