already had a big name, violinist Joshua Bell, on the roster as guest artist for the concert on Sept. 25 that launches the ensemble's 80th season and the Kennedy Center's 40th. But one good star turn deserves another.
Baritone Thomas Hampson has been added to the lineup. He'll sing some of Copland's "Old American Songs" on the program, which also features Bell in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.
Rounding out the NSO concert, led by music director Christoph Eschenbach, will be Dvorak's "Carnival" and Ravel's "Bolero."
There's a reason for all those musical chestnuts -- the event is a prelude to NSO's annual ball, a major fundraiser.
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