First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra,  Royal Ceremony  scene  National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size photo available). Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra, Royal Ceremony scene

National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

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Narrator Regina Aquino with National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 7, 2019  First U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res image available)

Narrator Regina Aquino with National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 7, 2019

First U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra

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National Symphony Orchestra percussionists Eric Shin and Scott Christian, virtuoso four-handed whirlies for the  Monsters!  scene  First U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra  Photo: Erica Bruce for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available)

National Symphony Orchestra percussionists Eric Shin and Scott Christian, virtuoso four-handed whirlies for the Monsters! scene

First U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra

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National Symphony Orchestra percussionists Eric Shin and Scott Christian play two-handed whirlies for the  Monsters!  scene  Frst U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra  Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available)

National Symphony Orchestra percussionists Eric Shin and Scott Christian play two-handed whirlies for the Monsters! scene

Frst U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra

Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 7, 2019

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First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

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First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra  left to right, composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke  National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia image: Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra

left to right, composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke

National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

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First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra. Narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke with National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce, for Mostel.com (full size, hi-res photo available). Multimedia image: Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra. Narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke with National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

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Conductor Steven Reineke, composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, backstage between performances  First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra  National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Mostel.com (hi-res available)

Conductor Steven Reineke, composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, backstage between performances

First U.S. performance, Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra

National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

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National Symphony Orchestra rehearsing for the first U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   for orchestra, Steven Reineke conductor, Regina Aquino narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 3,2019  Photo: Raphael Mostel (hi-res available). Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, used with permission

National Symphony Orchestra rehearsing for the first U.S. performance of Raphael Mostel / Jean de Brunhoff Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants for orchestra, Steven Reineke conductor, Regina Aquino narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, April 3,2019

Photo: Raphael Mostel (hi-res available). Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, used with permission