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Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

A late Beethoven piano sonata is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a string quartet made up entirely of siblings, a talented 16-year-old violinist, and a cellist who shares a moving performance of Rachmaninoff.

Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

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Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

GRAMMY-nominated violinist and From the Top Co-Host / Creative Tessa Lark joins Peter Dugan and a cohort of extraordinary teenage musicians in this episode. A 15-year-old violinist gets a coaching from Tessa and we hear performances of Bach, Chopin, Dvorák and more.

Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

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Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

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.

Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

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A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

A brilliant young trumpeter performs the music of Haydn. He's joined by a 15-year-old cellist performing a classic showpiece, a talented teenage piano duo from Hawaii, and two young musicians with deeply expressive solo performances.

A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

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A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

It's our "Where are They Now" show where we find out what alumni of From the Top have been doing lately and hear their fantastic music. We revisit two alums who are part of the award winning Calidore String Quartet, speak to a harpist who's founded her own non-profit and enjoy a thrilling new work for cello.

A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

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

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.

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

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Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

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.

Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

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A Teenage Piano Trio, Beethoven, & A Talented Young Vocalist

One of the strongest teenage piano trios in the country performs Beethoven with passion and precision. They're joined by a young vocalist performing Shakespeare, and a 15-year-old violinist who might be an orchestral conductor someday.

A Teenage Piano Trio, Beethoven, & A Talented Young Vocalist

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Shostakovich, an 11-year-old Guitarist, & New Music

Charismatic violinist Charles Yang co-hosts a program that features a cheerful 11-year-old guitarist, a spirited performance of Shostakovich, and an imaginative 18-year-old's new music for quartet.

Shostakovich, an 11-year-old Guitarist, & New Music

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Brahms, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff with Pianist Orli Shaham

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a favorite of many, and this week we have a brilliant performance of this work by two young marimba players. Listen also for a 14-year-old pianist performing Rachmaninoff, and a stunning performance of Brahms by a young violist. Guest Hosted by Orli Shaham.

Brahms, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff with Pianist Orli Shaham

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