Episode #302

Denver, Colorado

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Danny Elfman, Christopher O'Riley and student musicians. Danny Elfman, Christopher O'Riley and student musicians. (From the Top, Inc./flickr)

From Denver, Colo., this week’s episode features a special guest appearance by one of America’s finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of “Milk” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal 17-year-old from New York performs the music of Lowell Liebermann.

Program playlist:

Eris String Quartet plays the second movement, Assez vif. Très rythmé, from String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel.
Alice Ivy-Pemberton, 17, violin
Abigel Kralik, 16, violin
Jasper Snow, 18, viola
Daniel Hass, 17, cello

Huan Li, 17, piano, plays the third movement, Allegro moderato, and the fourth movement, Presto feroce, from Gargoyles, Op. 29 by Lowell Liebermann.

Danny Elfman, composer/vocals, plays works by Danny Elfman: Wolfe Suite Part 1 from "The Wolfman;" "Jack's Lament" from "Nightmare Before Christmas;" and Harvey's Theme from "Milk."

Eris String Quartet plays Works by Danny Elfman: Wolfe Suite Part 1 from "The Wolfman;" "Jack's Lament" from "Nightmare Before Christmas;" and Harvey's Theme from "Milk."
Alice Ivy-Pemberton, 17, violin
Abigel Kralik, 16, violin
Jasper Snow, 18, viola
Daniel Hass, 17, cello

Denver School of the Arts Ensemble plays works by Danny Elfman: Wolfe Suite Part 1 from "The Wolfman" and Harvey's Theme from "Milk."

Abigail Enssle, 17, harp, plays "Contemplation" Henriette Renié.

Scott Chiu, 19, clarinet, plays the third movement, Allegro con fuoco: Très animé, from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc.

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