Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie : From the Top A teenage flutist's playful performance of Carmen Fantasie kicks off this week's program. We also meet a precocious group of young musicians playing the music of Bach, Chopin, and Cahuzac.
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Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

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Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

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Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

This week's From the Top, hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, celebrates the various ways music has created community in the lives of the featured young artists. The episode features a strong number of 'keys' – from piano, to marimba, and organ. We meet a flutist from Tennessee who wants to help build a new future for classical music, an aviation-loving pianist from Los Angeles who plays a moving tribute to his mother, a young marimba player who is embedded in the Texas marching band scene, a sensitive clarinetist from Alabama, and a teenage organist who performs the music of J.S. Bach at one of Boston's great churches.

16-year-old percussionist Glenn Choe is a member of one of the nation's best marching bands. But this week, he's off the football field and sharing this expressive performance of the fugue from J.S. Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1 arranged for marimba.

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17-year-old flutist Sasha Hitachi-Kizziah from Ooltewah, Tennessee kicks off the program with a passionate performance of Carmen Fantasie (excerpts) by François Borne. She speaks with Peter Dugan about her interested in paying back the opportunities given to her as a child by giving free lessons to younger children.

Pianist Victor Shlyakhtenko, 18, from Los Angeles, California lost his mother recently to a battle with cancer. He dedicates a moving performance ofChopin's Nocturne in D flat Major, Opus 27 No. 2 to her memory and speaks about his passion for aviation.

16-year-old percussionist Glenn Choe from Cedar Park, Texas is a proud member of one of Texas' great high school marching bands. He shares a clip of one of their high-energy performances and plays Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: Fugue, arranged for marimba by J. S. Bach.

Clarinetist Kah'lin Jordan, 17, from Hoover, Alabama delivers a sensitive and pastoral performance of Cantilene by Louis Cahuzac. He chats with Peter Dugan about his complicated history with social media and ways he's stayed motivated to practice during the pandemic. Kah'lin is a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

17-year-old organist Marshall Joos from Somersworth, New Hampshire closes the podcast with a majestic performance of Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526, III. Allegro by J. S. Bach, recorded at the First Lutheran Church of Boston. He describes how he was inspired to learn organ. Marshall is a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

To learn more about these young artists, please visit fromthetop.org.