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BBC PROMS – Last Night, 13 September 2014

The U.K.’s annual musical celebration, the Proms,  continues this summer, with live concerts, telly, online, & radio coverage.

I always try to catch Last Night from Royal Albert Hall, as it’s the only thing we can generally hear live across the pond.  And the last half, especially the encores, can be the best part.

For those actually in the U.K., or those lucky enough to be planning a trip there in mid-September, here are the other venues for Last Night:

Glasgow Green, 7.30pm – c10.00pm
Belfast, the Titanic Slipways, 7.30pm – c10.50pm
Hyde Park, 3.00pm – c10.30pm
Swansea, Singleton Park, 7.45 – c10.30 pm

Listen and Watch
Proms on TV 
Proms on Radio 3 Player
Ticket information

Live Webcast 11 AM/U.S. EDT Friday


Washington National Cathedral
10,000 pipe organ featured Friday
(click for Programme)

Washington National Cathedral’s 10,000+ pipe organ, with organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley, the Washington Symphonic Brass, and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters will present  this year’s program.

American Public Media’s PipeDreams host, Michael Barone, will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

Tavis Smiley: Talking with musicians

Mr. Tavis Smiley, courtesy tavistalks.com
click to go to web site

Mr. Tavis Smiley: …  the reason why I love music artists is that you get the most authentic conversations with them…  Because what’s in them typically comes out in one way, shape, or form.

From Mr. Smiley’s interview with Mr. Ben Harper and Mr. Charlie Musselwhite earlier this month.

Au*then”tic, a. [OE. autentik, OF. autentique, F. authentique, L. authenticus coming from the real author, of original or firsthand authority…] 1. Having a genuine original or authority, in opposition to that which is false, fictitious, counterfeit, or apocryphal; being what it purports to be; genuine; not of doubtful origin; real; as, an authentic paper or register…

montalbano: internationally successful

actor Luca Zingaretti from wikipedia click to go to article
actor Luca Zingaretti
from wikipedia
click to go to article

If you haven’t seen Detective Montalbano, try looking around your local telly channels.  In the U.S., MHz stations frequently include it as part of  their international mystery series.

The opportunity to watch and learn from a meticulously crafted ensemble of performers, both behind and before the camera, is invaluable to anyone involved in the performing arts.  And the music is great!

Now there are 2 hours of videos on how it’s done, led by insights from actor Luca Zingaretti (Montalbano).

Series viewer caution:  This is an Italian television series.  Some viewers may find portions objectionable.

Conversation with Luca Zingaretti (45 min)  A subtitled in-depth conversation with Luca Zingaretti on theatre and screen acting, the importance of one’s soul, the character of Montalbano, and much more.

Detective Montalbano – Making Montalbano (27 min)  From the director’s point of view.

Detective Montalbano – From Page to Screen (29 min) From other artists behind the scenes.

Detective Montalbano – True Sicilians (24 min)  The Sicilian supporting actors add immeasurably to the overall production.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Linked directly to King’s College web site’s downloadable PDF file

It’s that time again, and everyone can mark their calendar for 24 December’s Service.

Details are available here.

The Program is not yet is now available. Please click on the photo at left to go directly to King’s College PDF location.  As usual, it makes excellent reading beforehand, and is a great a assistance during the broadcast.  (updated 20 Dec)

Happy Holidays!

119th Season of The Proms

This month marks the 119th year of The Proms, with the BBC’s involvement since 1927.

The season has interesting themes, such as Doctor Who, Charlie Parker, and a complete Ring Cycle for Wagner fans.

The last night of the Proms will be broadcast internationally 7th September, so check your local classical radio station for details.

Nigel Kennedy and mezzo Joyce DiDonato are guests, while conductor Marin Alsop will “break the class ceiling” as she conducts her first Last Night. Complete program details now available on the web, along with UK avenues for watching and listening.


Previous Proms are here, here, and here.