BBC Proms Concerts

Saturdays at 2:00pm through September 10, 2016 on 92.7fm
  • Hosted by Andrew McGregor & Sarah Walker
  • Local Host Bob Workmon

Classical HQR is excited to offer highlights from this year's BBC Proms concerts at 2 p.m. each Saturday afternoon now through September 10. BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Sarah Walker host, offering conversation with special guests on the themes around the music, the composers and performers, and the context in which the music is written and performed. Join us for the best of this celebrated annual music festival!

August 6: Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region

Ray Chen (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Andrew Davis

A violinists' favorite throughout the 150 years since its premiere, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor seems custom-made for virtuoso Ray Chen.

August 13: Gospel Proms

Hosted by Michelle Williams

London Adventist Chorale

London Community Gospel Choir

University Gospel Choir of the Year Mass Choir

Conducted by Karen Gibson

A selection of handpicked singers from leading gospel groups come together to form an elite gospel 'superchoir' at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms main venue for the last seven decades.

August 20: Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

Wagner: Tannhäuser, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Overtures

Martha Argerich (piano)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim returns to the Proms with his orchestra of young Arabs and Israelis, and with another iconic musician, Martha Argerich.

August 27: A Brazilian Night at the Proms

Villa Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 - Prelude

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

São Paulo Jazz Symphony

Conducted by Marin Alsop

A Brazilian night at the Proms. The doyen of Brazilian composers, Villa Lobos, opens this BBCProm with his unique fusion of European baroque and the beguiling sound-world of Latin America.

September 3: Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major

András Schiff (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

One of the world's oldest orchestras, conducted by one of its closest collaborators, join forces with Sir András Schiff to perform the composer's most commanding piano concerto.

September 10: Dvorak - Slavonic Dances op.46 (1-8)

Julian Anderson: Incantesimi (UK premiere)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

When the first set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances were printed in 1878, their success with the piano-playing public quickly led to a request to turn them into the colorful orchestral version we hear in this BBC Prom concert. And to underscore the Proms' continuing commitment to present the best music of today, a new work from one of UK's most talented composers.