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April 23, 2011

Shakespeare music on the radio

I get circulars sent to me from time to time, but thought I'd post this one seeing as it's now the 23rd and, officially, Will's birthday. Their words, not mine, so don't come complaining if you don't like the playlist!

This weekend marks what may have been Shakespeare’s 447th birthday, and Classical 105.9 FM WQXR – the #1 classical music station in the country [edit - read USA] – is celebrating with MOVIES ON THE RADIO. Shakespeare's dramas have been adapted to film many times, and an impressive range of composers have contributed to those movies.

This Saturday at 9pm, WQXR host David Garland will present a selection of Shakespearean film scores in honor of the great Bard of Avon.

Featured pieces include:
•       Romeo and Juliet by Nina Rota
•       King Lear by Dimitri Shostakovich
•       Much Ado About Nothing by Patrick Doyle
•       Kiss Me Kate (based on "The Taming of the Shrew") by Cole Porter
•       …and more.

Tune in at 105.9 FM or to join host David Garland for “Shakespeare at the Movies.” For full program details, visit

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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.

The Bardathon is his experimental review blog, covering productions of (or based on) all early modern plays. The aim is to combine immediate reactions with the detail and analysis of the academic review.

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