Susan Jane Gilman, whose reviews and commentaries can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, is a journalist, fiction writer and bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess and, most recently, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a memoir about a naive and disastrous trek Gilman made through Communist China in 1986.
Gilman has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Ms., Us, The Village Voice, The New York Observer and Real Simple, among others.
Andrei Codrescu (www.codrescu.com) has been a commentator on All Things Considered since 1983. He is an homme-de-lettres whose novels, essays and poetry have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1965. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse.
Join us as Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy will also join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along.
This year's program includes a rare performance of Britten's 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra, The Building of the House; also featured are Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a touch of Broadway magic and sea-faring themes with a trans-Atlantic flavour from Bantock and George Lloyd. More familiar homegrown music brings down the curtain in time-honoured fashion.