William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.
This week, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.
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.