Artists are often on the frontlines of gentrification, moving into lower-income neighborhoods, making those neighborhoods more appealing to outsiders, and soon enough, being priced out themselves.
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.
- Loren Kitt Principal Clarinet, National Symphony Orchestra
Loren Kitt Performs "Rhapsody in Blue" In 2009
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