As part of the continuing celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100, James Judd conducts Bernstein's Songfest
, written as a tribute to the 1976 American Bicentennial and premiered in DC. Combining poetry from the likes of Frank O'Hara, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes and Gertrude Stein, the work draws a picture of America's past as seen through the eyes of an artist. The program also includes George Gershwin's iconic An American in Paris
, heard in a new edition which corrects and restores many of Gershwin's original musical intentions. The National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. The orchestra is joined onstage by members of the internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera as part of their Untrapped
series, which brings the thrill of live vocal music to new places and unexpected spaces such as The Clarice.