Retiring principal clarinet Loren Kitt is recognized before rehearsal begins at the Berlin Philharmonic earlier this year.

Retiring principal clarinet Loren Kitt is recognized before rehearsal begins at the Berlin Philharmonic earlier this year.

Not many musicians can say they’ve been picked by artists with names like Copland, Bernstein and Rostropovich to play some of the world’s most beloved music, but Loren Kitt can. Principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra since he was hired by Antal Dorati in 1970, Kitt now retires from the NSO after nearly 46 years — a period in which the “nation’s orchestra” has grown from a quirky, struggling ensemble to a premiere orchestra headlined by world-renowned artists. Kojo talks with Kitt about the music and moments that have defined his career in the nation’s capital.

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  • Loren Kitt Principal Clarinet, National Symphony Orchestra

Loren Kitt Performs "Rhapsody in Blue" In 2009

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