&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
Musicomh.com
23rd April 2015
Marin Alsop returns to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2015

It was announced today that Marin Alsop is to be the conductor for the Last Night of the BBC Proms on September 12, 2015. Marin’s return follows the tremendous success of her Last Night of the Proms debut in 2013.

Conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Marin will be joined by an all-star line-up including tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. The programme includes Last Night favourites alongside the world premiere of BBC commission Arise, Athena! by Eleanor Alberga, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 in F major and R.Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.

Marin says: “I am truly honored to be returning to conduct the Last Night of the Proms and to work again with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I have wonderful memories of the Last Night in 2013 and it’s a dream come true to return again so soon to share my love of classical music with audiences across the UK and around the world. Here’s to another great celebration – it’s certainly like no other!”

To see the full programme for the Last Night, click here.

As well as conducting the Last Night, Marin will also conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and baritone Benjamin Appl in Prom 62 on September 1 in a programme of Brahms, including Symphony No.1 in C minor and the Alto Rhapsody.

To find out more about this Prom visit the BBC Proms website. Tickets go on sale on May 16.

Ahead of her September concerts, Marin will be in the UK in June to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and violinist James Ehnes as part of the LSO’s International Violin Festival. The programme includes Bartók Divertimento for Strings, Korngold Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.

These concerts compliment her busy schedule with her two orchestras in Baltimore and São Paulo, of which she is Music Director.

Last week it was announced Marin’s contract as Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra has been renewed until December 2019. Looking forward, Marin’s time with the orchestra will increase with a minimum of twelve weeks per year in São Paulo and touring the orchestra internationally, plus time spent teaching and nurturing young musicians at the Campos do Jordão Festival. Read more.

In Baltimore the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently announced their celebratory centennial 2015/16 season, its ninth under Marin whose contract runs until 2021. With 12 new premieres, appearances by the world’s most renowned musicians and some exciting Baltimore homecomings, the BSO celebrates the past 100 years and look forward to the next. Read more.