Clarice Smith Center

For classical music fans, the Clarice Smith Center offers two big draws this summer. The National Orchestra Institute and Festival, celebrating its 25th year, provides intensive training and career preparation for college-level musicians chosen by audition. Their mentors include major conductors and players from leading orchestras. Public concerts are offered throughout the monthlong institute, which wraps up Saturday with the Festival Orchestra performing Mahler's soul-stirring Symphony No. 3, conducted by Asher Fisch. The 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition and Festival, July 7 to July 21, will find 30 young pianists vying for the top prize. All the competition rounds are open to the public; the last round will feature three finalists playing concertos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Eminent jurors and guest artists, among them Leon Fleisher, Jeremy Denk and Santiago Rodriguez (pictured), will also give performances during the festival.
Handout photo by Mike Ciesielski
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