Shakespeare Movies On The Radio

You heard me right!

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 – 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 www.wqxr.org to join host David Garland for “Shakespeare at the Movies.” For full program details, visit http://www.wqxr.org/programs/movies/2011/apr/23/.

I’m not a big classical music guy myself, but surely there are folks reading that would enjoy this. Once upon a time I would have worried about radio reception, so it’s nice to see that they’ll be streaming it over the net as well.

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