Episode #301

Matt Haimovitz Performs from the San Francisco Conservatory

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

'Angel Heart, a musical storybook' performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 'Angel Heart, a musical storybook' performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (From the Top)

World-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz returns to From the Top as the special guest artist of this week’s program from the San Francisco Conservatory. With the young performers on the program, Haimovitz performs a very unusual piece — a children’s musical storybook called Angel Heart with music by Luna Pearl Woolf — featuring the internationally best-selling children’s author Cornelia Funke as its narrator. And there’s still the regular lineup of outstanding young musicians, including a 14-year-old violinist performing one of Pablo de Sarasate’s most spirited show pieces.

Program playlist: 

Cambiata String Quartet
Tsutomu William Copeland, 16, violin; Raymond So, 16, violin; Patricia Tang, 17, viola; Elena Ariza, 16, cello
The first movement, Allegro con brio, from String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op.18 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Elena Ariza, 16, cello
The third movement, Finale (Animé), from Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L. 135 by Claude Debussy

Elliot Wuu, 15, piano
The fourth movement, Vivace, from Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14 by Sergei Prokofiev

24 Strings Guitar Quartet
Ashwin Krishna, Chase Onodera, Nicholas Padmanabhan, and Alexander Stroud
“Von der Jugend” from Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler

Konpeito Cello Ensemble 
Jeremy Tai, Minku Lee, Catherine Kim, Irene Jeong
with Matt Haimovitz, cello; Lisa Delan, soprano; Cornelia Funke, narrator
Angel Heart, a music storybook by composer Luna Pearl Woolfe and author Cornelia Funke

Kevin Zhu, 14, violin
"Zapateado" by Pablo de Sarasate

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