Be listening Sunday evening, September 8, from 6-9 p.m., as WUOT and American Public Media present Last Night of the BBC Proms. 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.