Leonard Bernstein

ShakespeareFest: Bernstein and Shakespeare

We close our celebration of Shakespeare and music with Bernstein's West Side Story. James Jacobs explores Bernstein's quest for his masterpiece, and the relevance of Romeo and Juliet to this day.


Beach, Brahms, Schubert, and Shakespeare

Tonight's ShakespeareFest explores Shakespeare's words manifested through art song, featuring music of Beach, Brahms, and a Liszt transcription of a Schubert song.


ShakespeareFest: Verdi, Macbeth, and Shakespeare

Get ready for a night of Verdi's Macbeth on ShakespeareFest. James Jacobs explores how Verdi brings this Shakespeare favorite to life with "sounds effectively diabolical, with some moments of unexpected tenderness." 

First Folio

Making Shakespeare

We have been exploring the lasting impact of Shakespeare in the world of classical music. Discover the importance of Shakespeare's First Folio on Great Performances "Making Shakespeare: The First Folio" on WETA PBS.

Dvorak's Cello Concerto, 5 things to listen for!

ShakespeareFest: Dvořák and Shakespeare

Tonight on ShakespeareFest, James Jacobs guides us through Dvořák's Othello Overture. Learn more about the third installment of Dvořák's trilogy of overtures, representing "cosmic drama" that is real life love. 

vaughan williams

ShakespeareFest: Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare

Tonight we explore Vaughan Williams' beautiful Serenade to Music, a musical setting to texts from The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare's most beautiful and perceptive speeches about the power of music.


ShakespeareFest: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Tonight's ShakespeareFest feature with James Jacobs delves into Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, the outcome of "government meddling" which "broke his spirit" but left us with a powerful masterpiece.

Romeo and Juliet

ShakespeareFest: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

Tonight on our ShakespeareFest feature, James Jacobs explores Tchaikovsky's telling of Romeo and Juliet through his fantasy-overture. Find out more about his journey with one of his most beloved works!

Romeo and Juliet

ShakespeareFest: Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet

Tonight's ShakespeareFest with James Jacobs delves into Berlioz' choral symphony, Romeo and Juliet. Learn more about Berlioz' own journey with this work, considered to be one of his most original masterpieces.