Marin Alsop Breaks Glass Ceiling for Last Night of the Proms
Broadcast Airs at 8 pm on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org
Saturday, September 07, 2013
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.
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!'
Bernstein: Candide – overture
Verdi: Nabucco – 'Va, pensiero' (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
Arlen: Over the Rainbow
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