Classical Music and The Bard on NWPR

This April marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Northwest Public Radio is paying tribute to the Bard through music inspired by his sonnets, comedies and tragedies. The works of William Shakespeare have crept into music in major and minor: they spawned overtures, ballets, operas, incidental music and many other classical works.

Thursday, April 21, 8 PM – Midnight: Anjuli Dodhia highlights operas based on Shakespeare’s plays – such as Verdi and Rossini’s versions of Otello, and  Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet – don’t miss Kathleen Battle’s rendition of Juliet’s Waltz! The Bard’s tragic tale of the ill-fated couple and their feuding families gave rise to quite a different operatic work: Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.  

Monday - Thursday, April 25 - 28, 11 AM – Noon: Steve Reeder will be looking at the great protagonists of the Shakespearean world. Listen to ballet music from the Verdi's Macbeth; and incidental music written by Shostakovich for a stage production of King Lear. You’ll also find out which Shakespeare protagonists inspired William Walton, Hector Belioz and  Ernest Chausson.