Every summer since 1895, orchestras have performed casual classical concerts, known as Proms concerts, in the heart of London. The tradition is underway right now – it began with Frist Night on July 19, and it runs through the famous Last Night of the Proms on September 14. SymphonyCast will present highlights of the 2019 Proms concert season beginning this week with “First Night” and continuing for nine weeks. Make sure you join us! Listen to SymphonyCast Wednesdays at 9pm or Saturdays at 5pm on Classical 89.7 KCNV.
SEPTEMBER 25 & 28: LAST NIGHT OF THE 2019 BBC PROMS
From orchestral dances and marches to songs and arias, Offenbach’s light-footed musical comedy to Verdi’s operatic tragedies, world premieres to traditional favourites, this year’s Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular climax to the world’s greatest classical music festival.
Charismatic American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, whose lustrous voice has established her as one of the most exciting performers of her generation, joins Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to lead the musical celebrations.
BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
DANIEL KIDANE: Woke
FALLA: The Three-Cornered Hat
LAURA MVULA: Song to the Moon
BIZET: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) from Carmen
SAINT-SAENS: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson and Delilah
VERDI: O don fatale from Don Carlos
VERDI: Triumphal March from Aida
OFFENBACH: Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld
GRAINGER: Marching Song of Democracy
MACONCHY: Proud Thames
ARLEN: Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
WOOD: Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
ARNE: Rule, Brittania!
ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
UNKNOWN: The National Anthem
TRADITIONAL: Auld Lang Syne
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