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Konpeito Cello Ensemble performs 'Angel Heart,' a music storybook.

The 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” — 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 Sarasate’s most spirited show pieces.

Program playlist:

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

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

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

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

Konpeito Cello Ensemble performs "Angel Heart," a music storybook.
Jeremy Tai, Minku Lee
Catherine Kim
Irene Jeong

Matt Haimovitz, cello, performs "Angel Heart," a music storybook.

Lisa Delan, soprano, performs "Angel Heart," a music storybook.

Cornelia Funke, narrator and author, performs "Angel Heart," a music storybook.

Luna Pearl Woolf, composer, performs "Angel Heart," a music storybook.

Kevin Zhu, 14, violin, performs “Zapateado” by Pablo de Sarasate.