Tune in for a nightly mix that spans the centuries.
- Nimet Habachy
This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China, with a program from the Central Conservatory of Music, an institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You'll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists from the United States who perform Bach, backed by the Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.
Most of the music in operas is sung, but the pieces you’ll hear on Classics for Kids this weekend also have instrumental sections that are often played separately.
South African tenor Johan Botha plays Walther von Stolzing, the charismatic young knight. Botha sings opposite Amanda Majeski, an American soprano who plays the heroine of the story, Eva Pogner.
For his 102nd birthday, a range of Herrmann's music, including highlights from "Citizen Kane" and "Taxi Driver," plus selections from his many collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock.