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WQXR to Broadcast BBC Proms Concerts in 8-Week Series

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WQXR is taking listeners to the world's biggest classical music festival this summer.

Starting on July 20 and continuing for the following eight weekends, the station will air full concerts from the BBC Proms every Saturday at 5 pm ET. Also planned are highlights from other Proms concerts daily at 4 pm through Labor Day weekend.

In addition, Q2 Music will provide access to a full selection of the contemporary music offered by the Proms. WQXR and Q2 will also offer on-demand streaming of select Proms concerts for a full 30 days after the initial airing of the concert.

The broadcast deal was made possible through WQXR's membership in the European Broadcasting Union.

On Thursday, the BBC Proms announced a season that includes 92 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and four across the UK.

Highlights are to include a celebration of the Wagner bicentennial with no fewer than seven of his operas, including a complete Ring cycle by the Berlin Staatskapelle, led by the Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim.

There will be a performance on Aug. 27 of Britten’s Billy Budd, and a tribute concert to the late conductor Colin Davis on Aug. 20, the day he was due to lead the London Symphony Orchestra with tenor Ian Bostridge.

The grand finale "Last Night" will feature conductor Marin Alsop, violinist Nigel Kennedy and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The eight-week festival, now in its 119th year, opens July 12.