The Ides of March SpecialOn Our Show: March 17, 2012
About The Ides of March Special:
This month, tune in for a special program featuring music from the time of Shakespeare. Host Peter Cummings brings you this Ides of March Linked Music show.
“Beware the Ides of March…” A famous quotation from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, written between 1599 and 1601.
The Ides of March is the 15th of March and “ides” was a day in the Roman calendar that marked the approximate middle of the month. But Ides of March was best known as the day Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.—killed in a saga of intrigue and betrayal by his presumed friends, Brutus and Cassius. That moment in history was popularized by the phrase “Beware the Ides of March,” which a soothsayer offered Caesar as an admonition, and which Caesar somewhat arrogantly ignored.
In recognition that the Ides of March has recently come and gone, and that we are in the middle of the brutal primary election season, this program goes back to the time of Shakespeare and explores the music connected in one way or another to Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era.
Debut: Saturday, March 17th at 9am
Repeats: Sunday, March 18th at 8pm, and Monday, March 19th at 11pm
On Sirius XM Pops (channel 75).
And for more of this music, Peter recommends:
- Shakespeare’s Englande: Music of his Plays and People by James Griffett, Brian Wright, English Consort of Viols & Nicholas McGegan
- The Food of Love—Music for the Royal Shakespeare Company by Nigel Hess & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- This England: Music from the Time of Shakespeare by Folger Consort