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NSO Presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at CRC

Conductor leads orchestra as NIH director looks on.
As Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the NSO, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who introduced the program, can be seen at rear capturing the music on his smartphone.

Photo:  Ernie Branson

On June 22, the Clinical Center atrium—filled with patients, visitors and staff—enjoyed the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf, presented by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Each instrument in the orchestra portrayed a different character. Narrating the story was Lesli Foster of WUSA Channel 9 news.

Local newscaster narrates performance.
Lesli Foster of WUSA Channel 9 news narrates Prokofiev’s musical tale Peter and the Wolf.

Photo:  Ernie Branson

The concert was led by conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and included soloist David Teie on cello. Also on the bill were Beethoven’s Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 No. 5 and Dvorak’s Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra.

The show marked the NSO’s 16th visit to NIH as a part of its Sound Health initiative, which brings orchestra music to area hospitals. The NSO began the initiative at NIH in 2013.

The concert was co-presented by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and the Clinical Center. The NSO will return to the Clinical Center Sept. 21 as a part of its ongoing partnership with NIH.

Crowd fills hospital atrium.
The audience crowded not only the CRC atrium, but also multiple levels of the 9-story facility. This was the NSO’s 16th visit to NIH as part of its Sound Health initiative.

Photo:  Ernie Branson

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