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O'Riley Channels the Late Nick Drake

From the Top host Christopher O'Riley is passionate about the introspective music by the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. O'Riley plays his own piano transcription of Drake's song "Place to Be." This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007

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12-year-old Pianist Prefers Beethoven and Black Belts

Young Taylor Tyson can bust a board in two. She's a Deputy Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She also has significant chops at the keyboard. She won $4,000 playing Chopin in a Las Vegas competition. She's also busy with the charitable foundation her parents organized that provides musical instruments to needy kids in their area. Taylor plays the Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, by Rachmaninoff. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007

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Music is the Food of Love for Teen Violist

Young Matthew Lipman took up the trumpet after he fell in love with an eighth-grade girl who played the instrument. But love can be fickle. Eventually Mathew switched to the viola after meeting a girl who played that instrument. The girl moved on, but Matthew stayed true to his viola. He plays music from William Walton's Viola Concerto. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007

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Navajo Teen Eager to Teach

Eighteen-year-old Emmanuel Gray Jr. discovered the guitar in middle school. He lives on the Monument Valley Navajo reservation on the border of Utah and Arizona. "I plan to go to college and study music education," he says. "Once I've earned my degree I want to come back to the reservation and teach." Emmanuel plays "Recuerdos de Alhambra" by Francisco Tarrega. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007

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