National Symphony Orchestra: Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut with Rachmaninoff's The Bells in a program including Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.

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A soaring choral symphony inspired by a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, Rachmaninoff's The Bells dramatically marks the four stages of life. Hailed for his "splendid precision and imagination" by London's The Independent, conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut in performances also featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington. The program also includes Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.

Loren Kitt on Mozart's Clarinet Concerto:
"In my opinion, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is the most sublime of concertos for clarinet, if not for all wind instruments. It's one of Mozart's last works, along with the Requiem. The concerto has Mozart's wonderful singing melodies, as well as fun-loving fast sections. I find it a privilege and a joy to perform this beautiful work."

Alice Weinreb, NSO flute, on Loren Kitt:
"I'm delighted that our own principal clarinetist Loren Kitt will be the featured soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. His beautiful sound and musicianship combine to bring this lovely piece to life."

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 57 min.

Organ Postlude:
Thu., Apr. 16 performance followed by a mini-recital on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall's Rubenstein Family Organ, free with purchase of concert ticket.

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