Episode #258

Beijing, China

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

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.

Program details:

Violinist Zhang Jin Ru, 16 from Shanghai, performs the Polonaise No.1 in D major, Op.4 by Henryk Wieniawski.

Cellist Carolyn Ronning, 17, from Noblesville, Ind., performs Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Violist Mei Di Yang, viola, 17, from Beijing, performs 1. Allegro appassionata from the Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.120 by Johannes Brahms.

Great Wall Soloists perform "Moon Reflecting in the Erquan Pond" by Abing, arr. Wu Zuqiang. Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.

Violinists Skye Park, 10, from Lexington, Ky., and Christina Nam, 9, from West Chester, Ohio, and the Great Wall Soloists perform I. Vivace from the Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach . Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.

 

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