Pet Shop Boys, Angelo Badalamenti and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Q2 Music's Seven-Part Series from the 2014 BBC Proms in London

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Pet Shop Boys (John Wright/Courtesy of the artist/NPR)

Saturday, August 9 at 7 pm, join us for the second installment of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the world premiere of A Man From the Future, a new orchestral work from electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.

A Man from the Future is inspired by the life of British mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, widely credited as being a father of the modern computer and a pioneer of artificial intelligence. Prosecuted for being a homosexual – it was illegal in the UK at the time – and subjected to chemical treatment, Turing committed suicide in 1954. The piece is narrated by actress Juliet Stevenson.

The program opens with the overture to the Pet Shop Boys' 1991 concert tour and also includes new orchestral arrangements of the duo's music by legendary film composer Angelo Badalamenti, performed by vocalist Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.

The Pet Shop Boys includes members Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe and has sold over 50 million records; the Guinness Book of Records lists them as the most successful duo in the history of British music. This Proms performance features the BBC Singers and Concert Orchestra under the baton of Dominic Wheeler.

Program

Overture to "Performance" (arr. R. Niles)
Four Songs in A minor (orch. A. Badalamenti)
("Vocal", "Love is a Catastrophe", "Later Tonight", "Rent")
A Man from the Future (orch. S. Helbig)

Hosted by:

Clemency Burton-Hill

Produced by:

Hannis Brown

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