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Jazz vocalist Christine Rosholt during a workshop performance of the Macalester concert called "Take All My Loves: The words of William Shakespeare set to music by John Dankworth, Arthur Young, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn." (MPR photo/Marisa Helms)
Over the decades, songs from William Shakespeare's plays have been re-interpreted in styles varying from Elizabethan lute and voice to torch song settings. Now Twin Cities residents can enjoy jazz interpretations of the Bard's songs.

St. Paul, Minn. — Shakespeare wrote dozens of plays. He was also a major poet, writing his complex sonnet sequence of 154 poems. Some of those have been set to music too.

Over the years, musicians have continually re-interpreted Shakespeare's songs.

This year, it's the turn of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, Hamline University and Macalester College.

Together, they're doing workshops and concerts to bring Shakespeare's music to 21st century Minnesotans.

Minnesota Public Radio Reporter Marisa Helms talked with Macalester College professor Theresa Krier. Krier's put together a concert setting Shakespeare's songs to jazz.

Krier says one of the songs is from the romantic comedy "As You Like It." called "It Was A Lover and His Lass".... Ypu can hear their conversation by clicking on the link on the upper right hand side of this page.