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Christopher O'Riley's New Take on Nick Drake

From the Top host Chris O'Riley enjoys crafting his own piano transcriptions of tunes by his favorite pop musicians. Lately, his fascination has been the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He plays Drake's song "Three Hours." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

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Youth Chorus Inspires Young Singers

The 60-voice strong Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, now in its 20th season, continues to motivate its young choristers. "Before joining the chorus I thought classical music was boring," Kara Cover admits. The chorus sings "Follow Your Saint" and "Follow Thy Fair Sun" by Virgil Thomson, and the spiritual "Saints Bound for Heaven." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

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Preteen Pianist plays Hot and Cold

Kevin Bao is only 10, but he's already won piano competitions. Kevin says he tries to focus on the sage advice given to him by his teacher. "Playing piano requires a warm heart and a cool brain," he says. "When you have a warm heart you play expressively, but the cool brain keeps you focusing on your technical skills." Kevin plays "Variations on Theme of Paganini" by Isak Berkovich. This segment originally aired on Apr. 18, 2007

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Cincinnati Sax Players Produce 'Fresh Winds'

Teens in the saxophone trio Fresh Winds are regulars in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where they all sit in the back row. "We can get a little rowdy at times," explains Kraynak. Apropos to its humorous nature the group plays "The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad!" by Philip R. Buttall. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

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