From the Top
Thursdays, 11am & Sundays, noon
Program Website: http://www.fromthetop.org/
From the Top is a performance showcase for America’s best young classical musicians, from ages 9-18, celebrating their commitment to music and the arts. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley proves that he is “young at heart” as an egalitarian host. The program provides a platform for young artists to present themselves, share their passion, and develop into cultural leaders.
May 23 (repeated May 26)
Violinist Laura Park, 18, from Des Plaines, IL performs the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Guitarist Xavier Jara, 18, from Arlington, MN performing the Sonata in D major, K.53 by Domenico Scarlatti.
Soprano Emily Helenbrook, 18, from Alexander, NY sings "O luce di quest'anima" (Oh! star that guid’st my fervent love) from the opera Linda di Chamounix by Gaetano Donizetti, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Composer, pianist, and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Franz Zhao, 17, from San Francisco, CA performs his piece "Ideas" for violin and piano with violinist Alexandra "Allie" Switala, 18, from Grapevine, TX.
May 30 (repeated June 2)
June 6 (repeated June 9)
June 13 (repeated June 16)
Cellist Ben Manis, 17, from Chicago, IL performs III. Andante from Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Gloria Ferry-Brennan, 15, from Langley, WA performs I. Allegro con fuoco from Sonata by Francis Poulenc
Pianist Allen Yu, 19, from Cohoes, NY performs The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Horowitz
Elan Duo (violinist Nash Ryder, 16, from Arundel, ME, and harpist Anna DeLoi, 16, from Plaistow, NH) performs Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy, arr. Jolles and Lucarelli
Clarinetist Moon Sun Yoo, 17, from Korea (studying at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA) performs Introduction, Theme and Variation by Gioachino Rossini
June 20 (repeated June 23)
June 27 (repeated June 30)
Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Zhang Jin Ru, 16 from Shanghai performs the Polonaise No.1 in D major, Op.4 by Henryk Wieniawski, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Cellist Carolyn Ronning, 17 from Noblesville, Indiana performs Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Mei Di Yang viola, age 17 from Beijing. Performing 1. Allegro appassionata (4:05 w/cuts) from the Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.120 by Johannes Brahms, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Violinists Skye Park, 10 from Lexington, Kentucky and Christina Nam, 9 from West Chester, Ohio perform I. Vivace from the Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach with Kurt Sassmannshaus and the Great Wall Soloists.
Great Wall Soloists, Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor perform "Moon Reflecting in the Erquan Pond" by Abing, arr. Wu Zuqiang.
July 4 (repeated July 7)
Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Kristine Clair Uchi Galano, 11 from Brunei, Borneo performs I. Allegro moderato from the Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4 by Franz Joseph Haydn, with Kurt Sassmannshaus and the Great Wall Soloists.
Violinish Jiang Yi Liang, 16 from Shanghai performs 1. Allegro moderato from the Concerto No.1 in B-flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, K.207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Kurt Sassmannshaus and the Great Wall Soloists.
Piano Xu Jin Zhao, 15 from Beijing performs the Etude in A minor, Op.25, No.11 by Frédéric Chopin.
Violinist Yabing Tan, 23
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