This week's From the Top comes to you from Evans Auditorium at the Texas State University in San Marcos, the site of the Texas State International Piano Festival. We hear a variety of promising young pianists, including a duo performing from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud and a soloist performing the music of Maurice Ravel. You'll also hear settings of three witty poems composed by an exceptionally talented 13-year-old and meet a very young chamber ensemble.
The Texas State International Piano Festival Duo (pianists J.T. Hassell, 16, from Amarillo, Texas, and Melvina Kuoshu, 14, from Greer, S.C.) performs II. Moderé & III. Brazileira from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud.
The Brioso Trio (violinist Hannah Ryu, 11, from Lexington, Mass.; cellist Evan Hsu, 12, from Chestnut Hill, Mass.; and pianist Andrew Li, 13, from Lexington, Mass.) performs I. Allegro from the Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27 by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Pianist Elbert Gong, 16, from Belle Mead, N.J., performs "Ondine" from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel.
Mezzo-soprano and From the Top Alumna Kara Sainz performs Three Poems to Sing for Voice and Piano: I. There Was an Old Person (Edward Lear), II. The Eagle (Lord Alfred Tennyson), and III. How Doth the Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll) by composer and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist J.P. Redmond, 13, from Yonkers, N.Y.
The Texas State International Piano Festival Five Piano FInale Ensemble (pianists Martin Kesuma, 18, from Jakarta, Indonesia; Jenny Park, 23, from Fort Worth, Texas; Helen Nebeker, 15, from Austin, Texas; Eunice Lee, 14 from Austin; and Christopher O'Riley) performs "Stars and Stripes Forever, Homage to Cohan and Sousa" by Peter Petroff.