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With the BBC NOW playing live: music by Copland, Thompson, Hanson, Bernstein and Piston.

For the first time ever, Afternoon on 3 has a live concert every day of the week - one by each of the five BBC Orchestras, playing at their respective homes in Cardiff, Salford, London and Glasgow. An American thread runs throughout the week, as part of Afternoon on 3's celebration of American music this autumn.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales kick us off today live at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff with the last of their series of four afternoon concerts called Americana. Fiona Talkington and American radio host Fred Child introduce a wide-ranging programme - from a popular favourite by Aaron Copland through a lesser-known piece by Leonard Bernstein, a Symphony by Bernstein's teacher Randall Thompson and beautiful pieces by two American composers whose music really deserves to be better known, Howard Hanson and Walter Piston.

During the interval you can hear a recording of the orchestra in an orchestral hit by George Gershwin. And after the concert Katie Derham presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn in more music by Copland. The BBC SO will be back on Friday with their own live Afternoon on 3 concert of American music - pieces by Barber, Gershwin and Bernstein.

LIVE from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Copland: El Salon Mexico

Randall Thompson: Symphony No 2

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,

Carlos Kalmar (conductor).



Gershwin: An American in Paris

Eric Stern (conductor).


Howard Hanson: Elegy in memory of my friend Serge Koussevitzky

Bernstein: Halil

Walter Piston: The Incredible Flutist - Ballet Suite

Adam Walker (flute),


Copland: Inscape

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Grant Llewellyn (conductor).

Concerts later in the week:

Tuesday: BBC Philharmonic live at MediaCity in Salford

Wednesday: BBC Concert Orchestra live at the Mermaid Theatre, London

Thursday: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra live at City Halls, Glasgow

Friday: BBC Symphony Orchestra live at Maida Vale Studio 1, London.