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Celebrating the Bard's Birthday

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The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.

— "The Merchant of Venice"

From Romeo and Juliet to Othello (or Otello) to the Metropolitan Opera's new Enchanted Island, the Bard’s plays have served as the inspiration for numerous classical pieces. Today, on what may be William Shakespeare’s 448th birthday, we'll be playing several of those pieces.

When you hear Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, call 646-829-4065 for a chance to win tickets to The Public Theater's production of As You Like It, which is opening Shakespeare in the Park's 50th season.