Classical Concerts

New Year's Bach with Boston Baroque

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Last Night Of The Proms!

Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Marin Alsop

99.5 WCRB brings you one of the world's great music traditions on-demand, as conductor Marin Alsop leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Last Night of the Proms, from Royal Albert Hall in London.

To hear the concert, click on "Listen" above.

The Music Director of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, steps up to the podium for a tradition-soaked celebration of music from the heart of Great Britain, recorded on Sept. 7, 2013.

Special guests include American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and British violinist Nigel Kennedy.

London-born composer Anna Clyne, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's composer in residence, has written a new work that will open the program, and the concert also pays tribute to the anniversaries of the births of Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, and Benjamin Britten.

Of course, no Last Night of the Proms would be complete without Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 ("Land of Hope and Glory"), Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's "Jerusalem," and "God Save the Queen," performed this year in the arrangement by Benjamin Britten.


Royal Albert HallFull program:

Anna Clyne - Masquerade
(BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Wagner - Die Meistersinger Overture

Bernstein - Chichester Psalms

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Britten - The Building of the House

Bernstein - "Make Our Garden Grow," from Candide

Massenet - "Je suis gris! je suis ivre!" from Chérubin

Handel - "Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù" from Xerxes

Rossini - "Tanti affetti in tal momento!" from La donna del lago


Bernstein - Candide Overture

Verdi - "Va, pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), from Nabucco

Arlen - "Over the Rainbow

Monti - Csárdás

Traditional - Londonderry Air ("Danny Boy")

Rodgers - "You'll never walk alone," from Carousel

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, arr. Britten - The National Anthem

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Nigel Kennedy, violin
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

(image of Marin Alsop by Grant Leighton; image of Royal Albert Hall by Marcus Ginns)


The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Live

Friday, August 5, 2011
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Mozart and Mahler at Tanglewood

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Dutoit Conducts King Roger

Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Free Summer Concerts with the Landmarks Orchestra

Friday, July 1, 2011
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Join Classical New England hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade every Wednesday night at 7pm.


July 17
Rhapsody in Green, hosted by Ray Brown
This year's series launches with the annual green concert, celebrating our city, state and national parks and honoring the men and women who protect and preserve them.

July 24
A Family Guide to the Orchestra, hosted by Laura Carlo
The stirring first symphony of Brahms, Britten's guided tour, and the remarkable students of the Conservatory Lab Charter School's Dudamel Orchestra alongside the pros, as symphonic music casts its enduring spell on each generation.

July 31
Fiesta sinfónica: A Night in the Tropics, hosted by Cathy Fuller
Two worlds meet in music inspired by Latin-American song and dance spanning over 150 years. The Landmarks Orchestra joins a "pocket-sized salsa orchestra" featuring musicians from Boston's Latino community.

August 7
Collaboration with Boston Lyric Opera, hosted by James David Jacobs
This performance will feature exciting and popular excerpts from operas, including The Magic Flute and Rigoletto.

August 14
Guest Orchestra: Longwood Symphony, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa
Featuring a performance by the winner of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition.

August 21
Kiss Me Kate, hosted by Alan McLellan
Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company present "Kiss Me Kate." Cole Porter and William Shakespeare together live at the Hatch Shell, in a semi-staged production of Porter's theatrical masterpiece, featuring Boston's leading actors and a live symphony orchestra.

August 28
"I Have a Dream" 50th Anniversary Concert, hosted by Benjamin K. Roe
To honor one of the greatest speeches in American history, the orchestra presents Boston's musical tribute to the inspiration and ideals that lie at the heart of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.

Christopher Wilkins will lead the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One-City Choir, the New England Spiritual ensemble, and special guests in a concert of stirring words and inspirational music by Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Michael Tippett, and Lee Hoiby. The night also will feature the broadcast premiere of Cry, the Beloved Country, Kurt Weill’s moving musical adaptation of the groundbreaking novel about life in South Africa under apartheid.

For more information, visit the Landmarks Orchestra.

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