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Young Concert Artists, Inc. (1961-), Concert Series Founded by Susan Wadsworth Highlighting Gifted Young Musicians - 2015 Series at the Kennedy Center in DC and NY


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We have been enjoying the Young Concert Artists, a concert series held at the Kennedy Center (as well as in NYC) which features up-and-coming classical musicians.  Artists are chosen via an international audition and are provided with recitals, educational, and management opportunities.

The DC performances are held at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, usually on a Monday or Tuesday night (when much of the Center is quiet).  The artists usually perform 4 or 5 pieces, some solo but often accompanied by piano or violin.

Last night featured 19 year old French clarinetist Raphaí«l Sévère (yes, an evening of classical music devoted to the clarinet!).  And he was wonderful.  Last night he performed:

Johannes Brahms - Sonata for clarinet in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2

Pierre Boulez - Domaines for solo clarinet

Sylvain Picart - Fantasy on Themes by John Williams

Igor Stravinsky - L'Histoire du Soldat for clarinet, violin, and piano

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for clarinet and piano

Next performance is Bulgarian-American violinist Bella Hristova on Tuesday April 28.

It's a lovely way to spend an evening at the Kennedy Center.

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