Where Are They Now: A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs
On this week's Where Are They Now? episode, host Peter Dugan catches up with alumni of NPR's From the Top now in their 20s who are making waves in their careers as musicians, entrepreneurs, and social activists. Performances include works by African-American composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Maurice Draughn, Australian composer Karl Vine, Cuban pianist-composer Joaquín Nin, and Schumann. Featured performers speak on a range of topics from premiering commissions at Carnegie Hall to Black Lives Matter to the power of music to inspire change.
Pianist Lindsay Garritson has captured International recognition as a soloist and kicks off the program with revelatory performances of Carl Vine's Anna Landa Preludes, Mvt. II "Filligree", Mvt. VII. "Divertissement" and Mvt. 12 "Chorale" from her album "Aphorisms, Piano Music of Carl Vine."She talks with Peter Dugan about commissioning Vine to write a new piano sonata as well as her longtime relationship with her mentor.
Cellist Khari Joyner is an award-winning cellist who champion of new works, he performs his own composition, the moody and cinematic "Petrol Music" from his album "CelLocomotion". He shares his experiences as a Black man in classical music and his commitment to "paying it forward" for those coming up behind him.
Violinist Doori Na is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. He joyously performs "Granadina" from Chants d'Espagne (Songs from Spain) by Joaquín Nin and "Cavatina" from Suite, Op 3 for Violin and Piano by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with pianist Jason Nong. He speaks with Peter Dugan about how his journey to perform the works of diverse composers and how the events of 2020 inspired this change.
As founder of the non-profit Challenge the Stats, harpist Angelica Hairston is dedicated to creating social impact through the power of the arts. She reflects on her journey:
"[Following the death of Travyon Martin] I remember working on Mozart in a practice room, and I thought what am I doing, why does this matter, why should I dedicate my life to this classical space if I can't see how my music will create change in the world around me. From that point on, I committed myself to finding the intersection between justice and music."
She describes her work with Challenge the Stats and performs Musical Branches by Maurice Draughn in a trio with harpists Mason Morton and Charles Overton.
From the Top alumni violinists Ryan Meehan and Jeffrey Myers are founding members of the award-winning Calidore String Quartet and share the story of the ensemble's genesis and the making of their most recent album "Babel." Along with violist Jeremy Berry and cellist Estelle Choi, they close the program with Schumann's String Quartet No. 3, Op.41, Mvt IV Finale by Robert from "Babel."
To learn more about these artists, please visit FromtheTop.org.