Episode #287

Miami, Florida

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Violist Mira Williams at the New World Center in Miami. Violist Mira Williams at the New World Center in Miami. (From the Top, Inc./flickr)

This week From the Top comes to you from New World Center in beautiful Miami Beach, Fla. Among the featured performers, you'll meet a 13-year-old violinist who’s studying with a New World Symphony fellow, a 16-year-old violist who is an outspoken champion of the viola, and a 17-year-old soprano who is taught by her Grammy Award-winning mom. Also, you'll hear a movement of the Brahms Piano Quintet performed by current New World Symphony fellows who just happen to be alums of our show.

Program details:

Violinist Nicholas Abrahams, 13, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., performs Romanza Andaluza from Spanish Dances, Op. 22 by Pablo de Sarasate, with pianist Christopher O'Riley.

Pianist Michelle Zhao, 18, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Guangdong, China, performs Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from The Old Maid and the Thief.

Soprano Virginia Mims, 17, from West Palm Beach, Fla., performs "Il bacio" by Luigi Arditi, with pianist Christopher O'Riley.

Flutist Matthew Roitstein performs Scherzo from the Sonata for Flute and Piano in D, Op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev, with pianist Christopher O'Riley.

Violist Mira Williams, 16, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, performs Fantasie, Op. 94 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, with pianist Christopher O'Riley.

New World Symphony Fellows (violinists Audrey Wright and Julia Noone; violist Kallie Ciechomski; and cellist Andrew Larson) and pianist Christopher O'Riley perform the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, III. Scherzo by Johannes Brahms.

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