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Members of the Fasttrack Trio study music at the Music Institute of Chicago. The trio members came up with their name after a coach who was working with them said their playing wasn't at tempo. The trio performs Carl Czerny's Fantasia Concertante, Op. 256. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Violinist Shawn Moore, 18, can often be found getting busted for busking on subways and in airports. He will attend Bard College next year where he plans to study music and either psychology or neuroscience. He performs Witold Lutoslawski's Subito. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Rickie Lee Jones' "Prelude to Gravity," performed by host Christopher O'Riley. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen, 18, is from Taiwan, but is a full-time boarding student at Walnut Hill, an arts school in Natick, Mass. He performs David Popper's "Spinning Song." This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Pianist Dasom Kim, 16, lived in Seoul, Korea until 2002, when her family moved to the United States, settling in Laramie, Wyo. Dasom has become the leading young pianist in the state, winning the Wyoming MTNA competition three years in a row. She performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, Op.39, No.1 in C Minor. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Ninety-five members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra take to the stage to play "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" by Peter Maxwell Davies. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra of Elgin, Ill., is conducted by Randal Swiggum. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
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