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The BBC Proms

The BBC Proms

with Brian Newhouse

About the Program

American Public Media and BBC Worldwide have joined forces to bring the BBC Proms, the world's largest music festival, to the U.S. radio audience. The BBC Proms, now in its 113th season, includes more than 70 concerts every summer, featuring an ever-widening range of symphonic and operatic music.

The BBC Proms (short for "Promenade") welcomes leading international performers while showcasing the best of the British music scene, including the BBC's own orchestras and choirs. Although its scope has increased enormously since 1895, the original concept remains largely unaltered: to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.

The U.S. broadcasts feature an outstanding mix of classical favorites as well as several premieres, performed by the world's great orchestras.

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2010 Program Highlights

August 2: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Alexander Toradze, piano

BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad)
on SymphonyCast

August 16: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

MAHLER: Symphony No. 3
on SymphonyCast

September 5: From the 2010 BBC Proms
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimi Jurowski, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

MUSSORGSKY: A Night on Bald Mountain
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1
SCRIABIN: Reverie
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 3
on SymphonyCast

September 12: From the 2010 BBC Proms
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2
on SymphonyCast

September 26: From the 2010 BBC Proms
National Orchestra of France
Daniele Gatti, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
DEBUSSY: La mer
STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring
on SymphonyCast