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STUDENT VIRTUOSOS PLAY FOR THE KIDS AT UMD

NOI guest artistic curator James Undercofler talks to the Examiner about working with the orchestra.

By Marie Gullard, the Washington Examiner

Families who catch one of the two live performances of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" on Sunday at U.Md.'s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will not be thinking of how the concerts came to be. They may even have to be told who the orchestra is and why it is they are able to enjoy this free entertainment.

"Peter and the Wolf" comes to audiences courtesy of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival. Celebrating 25 years of music-making, NOI is a gathering of 80 young virtuosos from around the country, who passed a rigorous audition process for the opportunity to gather this month and hone their musical skills as members of this U.Md. School of Music-sponsored program.

"And this year, for the first time, we are doing a children's concert because I thought they should get that experience," said James Undercofler, this season's NOI guest artistic curator.

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Date of Publication: 
6/23/12