So the BBC is jumping on the bandwagon and broadcasting the Last Night of the Proms on September 12 live to movie theaters around the world. Does anyone else find it deeply amusing, or just plain sad, that the press release announcing this scintillating fact makes no mention of what the program will be?
Answer: it’s a potpourri of shorter pieces by everyone from Oliver Knussen to Piazzolla to Haydn, with a big British flourish at the end (Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” Parry’s “Jerusalem”), with solo turns by Alison Balsom and Sarah Connolly, all led by David Robertson.
Well and good, and of course The Last Night of the Proms is a big deal in Britain. (The Proms are a series of popular summer concerts, aimed at a wide audience and many of them nationally televised in the U.K., that have been going since1895.) Still, I’m not sure that the American audience is quite as excited about going to a movie theater to see this concert as it is about, say, opening night of La Scala last year – particularly in a year when the Proms didn't include a single American orchestra. Am I wrong?
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