35-year-old conductor Daniel Harding has made quite a name for himself since his debut at age 17 with Sir Simon Rattle's City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He's currently on his third tour as guest conductor with the Dresden Staatskapelle, leading concerts from the West Coast to New York and Washington, where Washington Performing Arts Society brings them to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 3rd. Their program includes Brahms' second symphony and Schumann's Manfred Overture and A minor piano concerto featuring pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton managed to catch Mr. Harding by telephone in his San Diego hotel room.
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