The Interlochen Collection: William Shakespeare

Aug 14, 2020

Students in a 2008 High School Repertory Theatre production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Credit Interlochen Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.


Program details

Hector Berlioz, "Beatrice et Benedict" overture; Larry Rachleff, World Youth Symphony Orchestra (2005)

John Rutter, "Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind"; Hugh Ferguson Floyd, High School Concert Choir (1998)

William Walton, Two Pieces from "Henry V"; David Holland, Interlochen Arts Academy String Orchestra (2007-2008 academic year)

Felix Mendelssohn, incidental music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Matthew Hazelwood, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra (1993-1994 academic year)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture; Joe Maddy, National High School Symphony Orchestra (1961)

The archival recordings heard on this program are supported in part by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, Interlochen Public Radio's generous listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyillis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler provided audio engineering support.

Christine Kyprianides provided research support.

The voice actors were Kennedy Birtcher, Myles Mathews and Scout Carter.