ACTOR CHARLES DANCE TO PERFORM AARON COPLAND’S LINCOLN PORTRAIT AT THE BBC PROMS AND EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL WITH THE CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The award-winning British actor, writer and director Charles Dance is to narrate Aaron Copland’s orchestral work Lincoln Portrait with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27 August.

Dance, whose distinguished career across film, television and theatre has included performances in Game of Thrones, The Jewel in the Crown, Bleak House and The Imitation Game, will narrate the American composer’s musical homage to President Abraham Lincoln with the orchestra which gave the world premiere of the work in 1942.

Written for narrator and orchestra, the work sets the speeches and writings of Lincoln against orchestral composition to create a musical portrait of the former President. Charles Dance is the latest in a line of eminent narrators who have performed the work since its first performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942 including actors Gregory Peck and Paul Newman and Barack Obama.

The performance marks the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s BBC Proms debut, in a programme that also includes Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available to listen again for 30 days thereafter on BBC iPlayer.

For further information and tickets click here. As for every Prom, up to 1,350 Promming (standing) tickets will be made available on the day of the concert, priced at just £6, and available to buy in person from the Royal Albert Hall (with a limited number available online between 9am-12pm).

Before making their Proms debut, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will also appear at the Edinburgh International Festival on Friday 25 August in a programme that will also include Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, as well as Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68.

 

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