Classical WETA's ongoing series featuring performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Nicole Lacroix. This special radio series is made possible by WETA's Friends of Classical Music, including Patricia Sagon. The National Symphony Orchestra’s radio programs are generously supported in part by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
A Night of Stars:
The National Symphony Orchestra Soloists in Concert
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:00pm
This month's NSO Showcase salutes the principals of the National Symphony Orchestra.
We'll remember Loren Kitt, who passed away last September, after a 46-year career as NSO Principal Clarinetist. This supremely elegant artist will be featured in Mozart's sublime Clarinet Concerto, from a Kennedy Center performance recorded in April 2015 with Vassily Sinaisky conducting.
Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef will star in two French works, Chausson's Poème and Massenet's Méditation from Thaïs. Bar-Josef was appointed Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2001 (then the youngest such appointee to a major U.S. orchestra) by Leonard Slatkin. A frequent soloist and chamber musician, she currently plays on a G.B. Guadagnini, 1773, the “ex-Grumiaux, ex-Silverstein.”
Principal Harpist Adriana Horne learned an important lesson early in her career. As she tells it, she was hired to play background music outdoors for a stargazing party. "As it got later into the evening it became freezing cold and very windy. The wind blowing through the harp strings made an extremely eerie howling that drowned out any music I was trying to play, so I finally gave up and let the wind play the harp...the wind is a better harpist than I am!" On NSO Showcase, she'll team up with guest violinist Ray Chen for Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, recorded in the warmth of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in March 2016.
For the grand finale, we'll shine the spotlight on Principal Trombonist Craig Mulcahy for Christopher Rouse's Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto. "What is more fun than a trombone concerto?" Asks the Washington Post. "The trombone generally doesn't get enough time center stage, or enough respect for its urbane, mellow, golden sound, though it tends to make quite an impact when it does get a turn to come forward."
From the searing beauty of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, to the delicacy of the Méditation from Thaïs, to the—rousing—Trombone Concerto, June's NSO Showcase is a well-deserved tribute to the NSO's extraordinary artists.
George Jones III joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and volunteered to be a combat medic in Vietnam. Today, his work as a wood turner reminds him of the many second chances he's received throughout his life.