Naughton Sisters Play a Concert for Two Pianos in Central Park

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton play at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton play at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton played a concert for two pianos at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on Aug. 5. The program featured John Adams's rhythmic Hallelujah Junction, Ravel's La Valse and Stravinsky's dramatic Rite of Spring. WQXR's Terrance McKnight hosted the live broadcast.

Program details:

Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche
John Adams: Hallelujah Junction
Maurice Ravel: La Valse
Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

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Aug. 08 2014 08:04 PM
E Barbanes from NY

So great to be able to listen to this online the morning after. You can hear the excitement in McKnight's voice, but not a pin drop while they play. Hallelujah

Aug. 07 2014 09:01 AM
mike from bronx

Hi, Can you play an encore on the radio sometime soon. I wasn't available to be there in person. Thanks, Mike.

Aug. 06 2014 05:02 PM

Great responses, all. @ Grandparents, Terrance McKnight gave you a shout-out live and on the radio. Re. review -- I don't so much review as report on the free and low-cost concerts I attend. I just posted about The Knights (from two weeks ago); I hope to post about this great concert soon. DD~~

Aug. 05 2014 11:58 PM
Julia Bullock from New York City

So enjoyed attending the Naumburg Orchestral Concert tonight!! As fellow Juilliard-ians, Christina and Michelle Naughton played Stravinsky's four hand version of 'Rite of Spring,' a girl, about 9 yrs old, burst into a frenzied dance right in front of me. That's why music in the park, on a warm summer night, proves to be spectacular! Thank you!!!

Aug. 05 2014 10:27 PM
Richard Green from Brooklyn, NY

The Rite of Spring on two pianos is gorgeous,....I hope it and Ravel's piece will be available over delayed streaming.

Aug. 05 2014 08:59 PM
Mary Beth Hearn from AZ

I wish I could be there to see them. But we here in Scottsdale AZ are enjoying on WQXR.

Aug. 05 2014 07:51 PM
Elaine Naughton from Madison, WI

These girls are our granddughters. We have followed their careers since they started playing at age 3, when it's possible we go to their concerts. We live in Madison, so cannot attend this program, but would be thrilled to hear it on WQXR or read a review afterwords. Thank you Elaine and Jack Naughton

Aug. 05 2014 01:11 PM

I plan on being there, weather permitting. Some of my Naumburg blog posts can be found here:


Aug. 04 2014 02:22 AM

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