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Last Night of the BBC Proms

7-10 pm Sunday, Sept. 8, on WILL-FM: Marin Alsop will make history as the first female conductor to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.

Conductor Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop

The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert. Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along. This year's program includes a rare performance of Britten's 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra, The Building of the House; also featured are Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a touch of Broadway magic and sea-faring themes with a trans-Atlantic flavour from Bantock and George Lloyd. More familiar homegrown music brings down the curtain in time-honored fashion.