Free Shakespeare

At the Montauk Library

   A series of free performances and concerts honoring the 450th anniversary of the births of Shakespeare and Galileo will be presented at the Montauk Library, beginning Sunday afternoon at 3:30 with “Music of the Celestial Spheres.” The Hofstra Madrigal Group and Christopher Morrongiello, lutenist and director of the group, will perform solos, madrigals, and monodies composed for the lute by Galileo’s father and brother and their musical contemporaries.

    Mr. Morrongiello was educated at the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Oxford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in musicology. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, won numerous prizes and fellowships, and is an expert on Elizabethan and Jacobean music.

    Future programs in the series will include a staged reading of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Josh Gladstone, on April 12 at 7:30 p.m.; the world premiere of “Celebrating Shakespeare,” a musical program written and directed by Mel Mendelssohn, on April 26 at 7:30 p.m., and a staged reading of Brecht’s “Life of Galileo,” directed by Mr. Gladstone, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.