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Kyla Moscovich loves playing jazz: "I think the music is wonderful and I always have so much fun playing it. You can interact with people in so many ways."
Trumpet player Kyla Moscovich, 15, studies at the Pre-college Division of the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to being a great classical musician, she loves playing jazz. "My dad plays trumpet and I grew up going to jazz concerts and jazz clubs," she says. Moscovich also sings, plays piano and percussion, and loves to dance and play sports. "I like to do so many things," she says, "but I hope to ultimately go in the direction of music as long as I can balance it all out." She plays "With Strength and Vigor" by Kent Kennan, with host Christopher O'Riley at the piano.
Andi Zhou, 16, started playing piano when he was 6, but it was not love at first encounter. "For the longest time, it was just my mother pushing me along," he says. Around sixth grade, Zhou started looking at piano in a new way, and before long he was hooked. Now an accomplished musician, he's a student at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Like O'Riley, Zhou also enjoys making his own piano arrangements of popular songs. He plays "Parlors" and "Parties" from the Gatsby Etudes by John Harbison.
When Patrick McGuire, 17, was little, he loved the music from the children's TV show Little Bear. So when it came time for him to choose a stringed instrument in the third grade, he recalled that it was a cello playing the Little Bear theme, and decided to take up that instrument. These days, he studies cello at the Walnut Hill School, an arts boarding school in Natick, Mass. With O'Riley providing the "orchestral" accompaniment on the piano, McGuire plays the slow movement from Schumann's Cello Concerto.
The Afinado Quintet is composed of flutist Priscilla Wadsworth, 17; oboist Lauren Halyo, 16; clarinetist John Diodati, 16; bassoonist Matt Sachs; and French horn player Cynthia Simpson, 17, all of whom attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute last summer. "Everyone was put into chamber groups, and we just happened to be put together," says Simpson. The five players clicked immediately and became great friends over the course of the summer. The quintet plays two movements from Paul Hindemith's Kleine Kammermusik.
At 13, violinist Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia is the youngest student enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Basoff-Darskaia started playing violin when she was 6, but had a fascination with it from the time she was 3. "I saw a picture of a violin in a magazine and I heard someone playing on the radio," she recalls. "I liked the body and I especially loved the sound."
Once Basoff-Darskaia got hold of her own violin, there was no stopping her. To this day, there's nothing she would rather do than play violin. "Music is fun for me," she says. "It's like going to Disneyland." She plays the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms.