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Love is on the Air

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee, 1884

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee, 1884

Nothing speaks for the heart quite like music. Be sure your Valentine’s Day strikes the right chord by listening to WFMT.

Starting at 6:00 AM, Carl Grapentine begins the day with the most romantic music ever composed: A Kiss from Beethoven, verses from The Song of Solomon by Percy Grainger—and of course, music about the world’s greatest lovers, including Pelleas and Melisande; and an entire hour (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM) devoted to Romeo and Juliet.

Lisa Flynn follows with two great lovers of Greek mythology, Daphnis and Chloe at 10:00 AM.

In the noon hour, Romeo and Juliet return (selections from Prokofiev’s ballet), and music from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore.

In the three o’clock hour, we’ll feature The Pleasure of Love, Salute to Love, and a Poem of Love and of the Sea.

Between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Suzanne Nance will be playing Valentine’s Day dedications by members of the WFMT audience.

Q. How many musical adaptations of Romeo and Juliet can you name?

Here’s one version: Nino Rota’s score to Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film Romeo and Juliet:

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