Marin Alsop Breaks Glass Ceiling for Last Night of the Proms

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Saturday, September 07, 2013

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Conductor Marin Alsop and violinist Nigel Kennedy at the Last Night of the Proms Conductor Marin Alsop and violinist Nigel Kennedy at the Last Night of the Proms (BBC/Chris Christodoulou)

Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 118-year history. She leads a program that includes a celebratory new work by Anna Clyne and a rare performance of Britten’s 1967 overture The Building of the House for chorus and orchestra.

Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato star as soloists in a program that picks up sea-faring themes from Bantock and George Lloyd. There will be two works by Alsop's former teacher, Leonard Bernstein, plus traditional favorites like Rule, Britannia!and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

The program, recorded earlier in the day, comes from London's Royal Albert Hall.

 

Program Details:

Anna Clyne: Masquerade BBC Commission (World Premiere)

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – overture

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms 

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Britten: The Building of the House 

Bernstein: Candide – 'Make our Garden Grow' 

Massenet: Chérubin – 'Je suis gris! je suis ivre!' 

Handel: Xerxes – 'Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù'

Rossini: La donna del lago – 'Tanti affetti in tal momento!' 

INTERVAL

Bernstein: Candide – overture 

Verdi: Nabucco – 'Va, pensiero' (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) 

Arlen: Over the Rainbow 

Monti: Csárdás 

Traditional: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) 

Rodgers: Carousel – 'You'll never walk alone' 

Bantock: Sea Reivers 

Lloyd: HMS Trinidad March (UK Premiere)

Arne: Rule, Britannia! 

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory') 

Parry, Orch. Elgar: Jerusalem

Traditional: The National Anthem, arranged by Benjamin Britten 

Marin Alsop photo: Clark Vandergrift

  • Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano
  • Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
  • Nigel Kennedy violin
  • BBC Symphony Chorus
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Marin Alsop conductor

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Comments [12]

Les from Miami, Florida

All the Proms concerts are broadcast live on BBC 3 Eastern Time. Most of them started at that time, but a few started at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. It's too bad the re-broadcast on WQXR was tinged with technical problems. There weren't any on the live stream.

Sep. 11 2013 09:59 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

All the Proms concerts are broadcast live on BBC 3 Eastern Time. Most of them started at that time, but a few started at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. It's too bad the re-broadcast on WQXR was tinged with technical problems. There weren't any on the live stream.

Sep. 11 2013 09:59 AM
Peggy Moore from Connecticut

Geez, any twit with a watch would know that it wasn't "Live" - even the Brits wouldn't que up for a 1 a.m. performance for our benefit.
The concert was great, I certainly felt like I was in the crowd enjoying it. Yes, a repeat of Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg overture was a bit off but the rest of the concert was brilliant and historic. Thank you WQXR for bringing it to those of us who couldn't be there.

Sep. 07 2013 11:21 PM
John Clark from New Jersey

I'm not sure that we did get to hear the rest of the concert. I don't recall hearing the Bantock or Lloyd pieces listed in the program. Were they sacrificed because of the Meistersinger gaffe? As a former broadcast professional, I expect a marquee program like this to be handled with great care. Next year, I'll listen to this concert on the BBC Radio 3 live stream. It was a very disappointing presentation!

Sep. 07 2013 11:12 PM
me from nyc

she even dresses like a man. how...strange.

Shut up and play. Your grandstanding ruined it for me.

Sep. 07 2013 10:47 PM
Shawn from Kingston, NY

Wow. A lot of negativity here about the broadcast. Maybe it was an error, maybe it wasn't but did you get to hear the rest of the concert? Wasn't it grand? Take a deep breath folks, and enjoy the music! Be glad we got to hear it and the rest of the BBC concerts this year.

Sep. 07 2013 10:30 PM
Kevin M from Maryland

What happened to the Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow..it was listed after the Britten?

Sep. 07 2013 09:25 PM
Bernie from UWS

Pathetic. And I was looking forward to the Anna Clyne piece too.

Sep. 07 2013 08:36 PM
Gary Young from Auburn, Cal;ifornia

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in your version of "LIVE" and reality. Two performances of Mastersingers of Nuremberg? That ain't LIVE...that's canned! I've been looking forward all week for this concert when I just as well could have been listening to my recordings.

Sep. 07 2013 08:31 PM
John Clark from New Jersey

It might have been better to use a recording of the BBC presentation as broadcast, if that was possible. The embarrassing production error, with the obviously pre-recorded (and not present on the spot?) American commentator out of sync with the music as played has already led to an unintentional encore of the Meistersinger Overture. Not at all well done WQXR!

Sep. 07 2013 08:30 PM
Janet from Brooklyn

Ummmm.....didn't we hear Meistersingers twice in a row....or does the Masquerade by Anna Clyne just happen to sound just like it?

Sep. 07 2013 08:28 PM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

This concert represents the perfect response to the Petrenko comments.The exploits of the 56 year old Alsop,who has benefitted immensely from the Bernstein imprimatur,and the 59 year old Jo Ann Falletta,lead the way for the younger women profiled elsewhere on these pages.

Sep. 06 2013 03:26 PM

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