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BSO to make debut at Proms festival in London this summer

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The second stop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s European tour this summer with music director Marin Alsop will find the ensemble making its debut Aug. 27 at the Proms, an extraordinary eight-week festival of daily concerts in London’s 5,200-seat Royal Albert Hall.

It will not be a first for Alsop. Leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, she made history in 2013 as the first woman to conduct the annual Last Night of the Proms since the festival’s founding in 1895. Alsop returned to lead the Last Night in 2015. She has also conducted various orchestras in other Proms concerts. (Proms is short for Promenade Concerts.)

The BSO, one of three professional American orchestras in this year’s Proms lineup, will perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and salute the Leonard Bernstein centennial year with two of that composer’s works: Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”), featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and “Slava! A Political Overture.”

As previously announced, the BSO, making its first international trip in 13 years and its first with Alsop, will start the tour with a debut at the Edinburgh Festival Aug. 24 and 25. The third and final stop will be announced next month.

Read Tim Smith's coverage from London of Marin Alsop's historic appearance leading the Last Night of the Proms in September 2013. »

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