Episode #240

Boston, Massachusetts

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

This week From the Top is at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, where you'll meet a 15-year-old pianist who has already performed at the White House, as well as in Baghdad with the Iraqi Symphony. Also, a 17-year-old violinist plays the music of César Franck, a teenage singer performs two pieces by Dominick Argento and a young cello quartet closes the show with music that evokes the spirit of an old fashioned barn raising.

Program details:

Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, 15, from New York City performs IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito from Sonata in E-flat, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber.

Boston Flute Academy Quartet (flutists Elizabeth Sperry, 15, from Chelmsford, Mass.; Jinji Zhang, 17, from Boxborough, Mass.; Brendan Dooley, 17, from Worcester, Mass.; and Emma Huelskamp, 17, from Greenwood, Ind.) performs "Lyric Poem" by George McKay.

Soprano Ashley Robillard, 17, from Norton, Mass., performs "The Tulip Tree" by Ned Rorem and "Winter" from 6 Elizabethan Songs by Dominick Argento.

Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Jisoo Kim, 17, from Palisades Park, N.J., perform IV. Allegretto poco mosso from Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano by César Franck.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Cello Quartet (cellists Leland Ko, 13, from Weston, Mass.; Zlatomir Fung, 12 from Westborough, Mass.; Claire Raizen, 16, from Cambridge, Mass.; and Andrew Laven, 16, from Wayland, Mass.) performs "A Barnraising" by Steve Laven.

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