Saturday, December 9, 2023

Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, Shakespearean music: Talks@2 Returns to Williamsburg Regional Library

The Williamsburg Library. (file photo)
The Williamsburg Library. (file photo)

WILLIAMSBURG — Amelia Earhart, Sam Phillips and Ella Fitzgerald are among the people you can learn more about this summer thanks to the Williamsburg Regional Library.

The Talks@2 Lecture Series debuted in the spring of 2016, and the series will return in 2018 between January and June, according to a library press release.

The series of presentations is among the most popular programs at the library and features a wide array of topics.

“The series, which features library staff giving talks on particular areas of interest to them, was conceptualized as a way to share the vast and often surprising knowledge of our librarians and other personnel with the community,” WRL stated in the release.  “As an added bonus, the lectures also give WRL users the opportunity to get to know the people who serve them outside of a typical library setting.”

The first presentation of the year, “If Music be the Food of Love: Songs and Tunes from Shakespeare’s Times,” will give insight into the music of the courts of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.

The presentation by Barry Trott, the library’s special projects and tech services director, will highlight English music from the late 16th and 17th century.

The talk is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Stryker Center in Williamsburg.

March 6: aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

April 24: Newport News native and “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald.

May 23: “The Music Man from Memphis” Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records.

June 12: An exploration of five James River plantations, their historic significance and ongoing preservation.

All Talks@2 presentations are given at no cost and occur at 2 p.m. at the Stryker Center, except the talk on Amelia Earhart which will be held at the James City County Library.

For more information on Talks@2 or the Williamsburg Regional Library click here.

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