At just 18 years old, Baborak became the principal horn player of the Czech Philharmonic, and later was the principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic for eight years. Master conductor Seiji Ozawa is known to have praised him to be a “French horn prodigy”. This time, Baborak joins NTSO in two classic horn concertos. Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.2 in E-flat Major was composed for natural horns (with no keys or valves), and challenges the soloist to convey the simple aesthetics and complex music patterns in a delicate manner. The Horn Concerto in B-flat Major, completed by Soviet composer Glière in 1951, fuses romantic melodies with classical form and fully displays the acoustic characteristics of modern horns. With his distinctive style and impeccable skills, Baborak’s interpretation of these two master pieces, which were written a century apart, is something that cannot be missed. Conductor Lan Shui also presents two of the most extravagant and fantastic pieces of work in the beginning of the 20th century - Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra (re-arranged for from string sextet) and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Come and experience the joy of ablution and rebirth.