February 18, 2005
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.