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Join us for the first in our Virtual Spring Concert and Conversation Series. The Kennedy Center power couple – National Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Daniel Foster and Washington National Opera Principal Flutist Adria Sternstein Foster – will play duets from their living room.

We will enjoy the half hour live concert from our own rooms, participate in a brief question and answer period, and then break up into small groups facilitated by the Interactivity Foundation.

Thanks so much to Culture Saves, who is programming the musicians for this wonderful series.

We will start our program at 12:30 pm to allow everyone to have lunch but we will be available at noon to get people started with Zoom. Please download this document: Preparing for Your Zoom Meeting if  you are not familiar with this technology yet. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation before the event begins. Please let us know if you are not able to participate in this program as we do have space limitations.

Register below and read more about the artists.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 

Concert and Conversation


Program to be announced soon.

About the Artists:

Praised by the Washington Post for her “molten phrasing” and tone of “sheer iridescence,” Adria Sternstein Foster enjoys a multi-faceted musical career.

Adria is the Principal Flutist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra — the resident orchestra of the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It is the only orchestra in the country dedicated to performing three musical genres: opera, ballet and musical theater. In this role, she performs for the Washington National Opera, major national and international ballet companies including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet, and hit musicals.

As a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society, Adria performs chamber music for flute, harp and strings throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. With IBIS, she has performed on NPR’s Front Row Washington and appeared in the 2017 documentary film “Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty.”

Adria’s recordings include Vivaldi’s flute concerto “Il Gardellino” on the disc IBIS x 2, and Iridescence, a new CD of works for flute and harp with Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra principal harpist Susan Robinson.

A native of New York City, Adria attended La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts and studied with Bonnie Lichter at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. She continued her education at Juilliard where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a student of Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser.

Adria is honored to collaborate on Volume 2 of the indispensable publication for flutists, “Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment,” with her mentor Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic.

Violist Daniel Foster’s varied career encompasses orchestral, chamber and solo playing, as well as teaching. After capturing the First Prize in both the William Primrose and Washington International Competitions, Mr. Foster became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra viola section in 1993 and was appointed Principal by Music Director Leonard Slatkin in 1995.  Mr. Foster has appeared frequently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra since his appointment.

Mr. Foster is a member of the critically acclaimed Dryden Quartet, along with his cousins Nicolas and Yumi Kendall and National Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, and is also a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.

Mr. Foster is on the faculty at the University of Maryland and has given master classes at Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He is a faculty member for the National Orchestral Institute, and is a member of the International Principals faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

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