A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere : From the Top Two sisters from Hawaii kick off the program with the virtuosic music of Sarasate, we enjoy an expressive performance of Villa-Lobos by a young cellist, a stunning harp-piano duo, and the world premiere of a teenage composer's work for string quartet.
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A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

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A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

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On this week's From the Top, we meet young musicians from Boston to Hawaii. A young composer hears the world premiere of her piece, a young cellist is granted the opportunity to buy his dream cello, a sister duo from Honolulu performs Sarasate, a young harpist collaborates with host/pianist Peter Dugan, and a teenage French horn player brings sensitivity and control to his performance of one of Strauss' gorgeous Nocturnes.

Two sisters from Honolulu, HI perform the virtuosic music of Pablo de Sarasate.

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First up on the program, we travel virtually to Honolulu, Hawaii to meet violinist sisters Ylang, 15, and Yxing Guo, 13, with pianist Thomas Yee. They perform Navarra, Op. 33 by Pablo de Sarasate and talk about their large and musical family of 11, their Italian and Chinese heritage, and their beautiful Island life.

Plamen Fung, 15, aFrench horn player from Westborough, MA, hails from an accomplished musical family. Following his sensitive performance of Nocturno, Op. 7 by Franz Strauss, Plamen opens up about his struggles with dyslexia and how he approaches the challenges in reading, writing, and learning music.

Harpist Shaylen Joos, 16, from Somersworth, NH is a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. She performs Welsh Duets No. 1, Mvmt 1 for Harp and Piano with pianist Peter Dugan. She reveals her love of Victorian literature and her love for music competitions as a way of motivating herself to set goals and work harder.

After the break, cellist Daniel Dorsey, 17, from Cincinnati, OH gives an intimate and vulnerable performance of Song of the Black Swan by Heitor Villa-Lobos with pianist Jacob Miller. As a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, Daniel has been granted the funds to purchase his dream cello, a cello he once borrowed for a memorable performance for young children.

Composer Carolina Bragg, 18, from Brookline, MA, presents the world premiere of her original composition Bird of Paradise, recorded by commissioning ensemble, Friction Quartet. Inspired by a nature documentary, the piece incorporates bird calls from several species of the Bird of Paradise. Carolina describes the exciting experience of being commissioned to write the piece.