John Mauceri has many titles: Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; world-renowned conductor, and former Music Director of both the Washington Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He returns to town after nearly two decades to conduct George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" for Washington National Opera, a work he knows well, having researched and recorded Gershwin's original 1935 score. He spoke with Deb Lamberton about "Porgy and Bess," the art of making music, and about working as Leonard Bernstein's protege for 18 years.
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