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A Sea-Inspired Start to the BBC Proms

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Conductor Sakari Oramo.

At 5 pm on Saturday, July 20, WQXR will broadcast the first in a series of performances from the BBC Proms festival in London. 

The opening night of the Proms from Royal Albert Hall features the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sakari Oramo performing music by Britten, Rachmaninov and a world premiere and BBC commission by Julian Anderson. The second half of the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony with soprano Sally Matthews, baritone Roderick Williams and the 300 voices of the Proms Youth Choir and BBC Symphony Chorus.

Program details:

Julian Anderson: Harmony (BBC commission, world premiere)

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Paganini (Arr. Stephen Hough): Niccolo's Waltz (encore)

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony