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Blue Lake Public Radio’s 2017 Shakespearean Series concludes on Saturday, August 26th with the great tragedy, Julius Caesar.  The story of Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, conspiracy, and assassination.  Julius Caesar may well have been the first play to be performed in William Shakespeare’s own Globe Theater in London around 1600.

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will perform Julius Caesar on Saturday, August 26th, at 2:00 pm in Rose Theater, an authentic replica of the Globe Theater, at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  Proceeds will benefit Blue Lake Public Radio. 

Tickets at available at (800) 889-9258 or order online at bluelake.eventbrite.com. 

$20 in advance.  $25 at the door.  $15 for Student & Groundling tickets.

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This summer has seen a number of landmarks and passings. Here are just a few:

July 12 marked the 200th birthday anniversary birth of the great American writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. Here are some multi-facted online resource on the writer from the Thoreau Society, with a good number of his writings available for online reading at the Thoreau Edition and Thoreau Online

July 17 marked the 300th anniversary of the legendary barge party on the Thames River thrown by King George I, for which George Frederic Handel wrote his celebrated Water Music. Hopefully you had a chance to hear my broadcast of the complete performance of the work on the date--if not, or if you’d like an encore (the King liked it so much he called for three performances of it that day), here is a festschrift from NPR that contains a video of a complete performance recorded at the 2012 BBC Proms.

July 17 also marked the 50th anniversary of the death of jazz great, John Coltrane, whose work in many ways transcended the genre to become a spiritual force in our time. Here are links for videos of two great complete live performances by the John Coltrane Quartet, one recorded in Germany in 1960 (also featuring Oscar Peterson and Stand Getz) and another in Belgium in 1965. Since his death, John Coltrane has been canonized as a saint in the African Orthodox Church, with the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco incorporating Coltrane's music and his lyrics as prayers in its liturgy.  Coltrane’s spiritual legacy and the founding of the church in his name is explored in Alan Klingenstein's 1996 documentary The Church of Saint Coltrane.

The film world has lost one of its finest actors with the passing of Martin Landau on July 15 at the age of 89. Here is an appreciation from The New York Times—and the end of an era has come with the death of legendary American playwright and actor Sam Shepard at the age of 73 on July 27. Here are tributes from the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and from his longtime friend Patti Smith, writing in The New Yorker—as well as a link to a video of the celebrated production of Shepard’s iconic play, True West, starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
--Henry David Thoreau

About Blue Lake Public Radio

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp serves West Michigan with its two public radio stations.  Grand Rapids listeners turn to WBLU 88.9, while WBLV 90.3 serves Muskegon and the West Michigan shoreline from Holland to Manistee.  Our two signals together reach 18 counties. Our programming is also streamed online, and we have free listening apps for Android and iOS devices.

Thousands of people tune in each week to enjoy our mission of Classical and Jazz music, along with NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Please see our online program guide for a full schedule.

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