BBC Announces Proms Schedule

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The BBC has announced the schedule for the 2005 Proms concerts.

The venerable summer festival will run July 15-September 10. With the BBC Symphony between music directors, Paul Daniels, outgoing music director of English National Opera, will lead the orchestra in the famous Last Night of the Proms concert (incoming music director Jir‹ Belohlšvek takes up his post in October).

Other highlights include tenor Plšcido Domingo's Proms debut as Siegmund in a semi-staged version of Wagner's Die Walk‹re; a series of Michael Tippett works to mark the composer's centenary, including the oratorio A Child for Our Time; and a production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen conducted by Roger Norrington.

Several of the works on the program have a nautical theme in honor of the 200th anniversary of Horatio Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. These include Debussy's La Mer, Haydn's Nelson Mass, and Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore.

For the first time, a group of teenage musicians has been invited to join the BBC Symphony for two concerts. One of the events will featuring Respighi's The Pines of Rome; the other will include the premiere of a new work created by the young musicians.

Other landmarks include the Proms debut of the sitar player Ravi Shankar, who will perform his Sitar Concerto No. 1.

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