Andrew Foster-Willams on the importance of free art (2012-2013 Season Preview Concert)

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Sample the 2012--2013 season in a free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring Sonia Ganassi, Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.

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