Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More : From the Top The victorious finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a talented 14-year-old performing Beethoven, and a young violinist whose musical roots span two continents.
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Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

On this week's podcast of From the Top, the victorious finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite is performed by a teenage pianist from Chicago. He's joined by a teenage violinist using YouTube to provoke political dialogue, a talented 14-year-old pianist performing Beethoven, a young violinist whose musical roots spans two continents, and a 16-year-old saxophonist who paints a picturesque image of her life in Vermont.

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14-year-old pianist Andrew Gu offers an exciting and masterful performance of early Beethoven.

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14-year-old pianist Andrew Gu from Milton, MA kicks off the program with a firecracker performance of Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. No. 3, Mvmt 1 by Beethoven. He discusses his affinity for facts and figures, and expensive sneakers with host Peter Dugan.

Violinist Sarah Ma, 17, from Garden City, NY gives a moving and impassioned performance of Romance by Amy Beach. Then, she speaks with Peter Dugan about her passion for creating political dialogue through her popular YouTube channel and TikTok account.

16-year-old saxophonist Jayme Billings, hails from Underhill, VT and gives her home state a lot of love in her interview segment. She beautifully performsScaramouche, II. Modere & III. Brazileira by Darius Milhaude.

Violinist Vibha Janakiraman, 15, from West Chester, PA performs Darshan by Reena Esmail, a piece that evokes Vibha's cultural heritage. She describes how her family is immersed in Indian classical music.

Pianist Joshua Mhoon, 17, from Chicago, IL closes the program with a breathtaking piano arrangement of Stravinsky'sFirebird Suite Finale, arranged by Guido Agosti. He describes how his father toured as a drummer with the Staples Singers and has been passing down his knowledge of the music industry. Joshua also reflects on what it's like to be a black classical musician today and his hopes for the future.