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Though Nutini is only 19, his music exudes the soul and passion of musicians as venerated as The Drifters and Van Morrison. With his model-esque good looks and unconventional voice, Nutini has a chance to be a major star — potential magnified by live appearances alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones.
Members of the Fasttrack Trio study music at the Music Institute of Chicago. The trio members came up with their name after a coach who was working with them said their playing wasn't at tempo. The trio performs Carl Czerny's Fantasia Concertante, Op. 256. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Violinist Shawn Moore, 18, can often be found getting busted for busking on subways and in airports. He will attend Bard College next year where he plans to study music and either psychology or neuroscience. He performs Witold Lutoslawski's Subito. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen, 18, is from Taiwan, but is a full-time boarding student at Walnut Hill, an arts school in Natick, Mass. He performs David Popper's "Spinning Song." This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Pianist Dasom Kim, 16, lived in Seoul, Korea until 2002, when her family moved to the United States, settling in Laramie, Wyo. Dasom has become the leading young pianist in the state, winning the Wyoming MTNA competition three years in a row. She performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, Op.39, No.1 in C Minor. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Ninety-five members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra take to the stage to play "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" by Peter Maxwell Davies. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra of Elgin, Ill., is conducted by Randal Swiggum. This performance originally aired Oct. 11, 2006.
Cold War Kids' music seems almost haphazard, but a closer listen reveals the intricacy that gives the California band its distinctive sound. Piano and guitars set each song's mood, ranging from mellow to reckless, and the bass jacks up the intensity at just the right moments.
Cold War Kids in Studio on World Cafe - 02/26/2007
Kristin Hersh helped define the sound of late-'80s and early-'90s college rock as the lead singer and songwriter for Throwing Muses. Striking out on her own, however, she embraces everything from hushed acoustic balladry and folk to full-on rock, all balanced by her natural pop instincts.
Kristin Hersh in Studio on World Cafe - 02/21/2007
Despite the demanding tour schedule and intense practices of the Charlotte Children's Choir, members return year after year because of the conductor, Sandy Holland. They perform the Hungarian folk song "Mid the Oak Trees," and then are joined by tubist Zachary Graff to perform "Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba" by Brian Holmes. This concert originally aired Dec. 27, 2006.
Tuba player Zachary Graff, 17, recently won first place in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Zach does breathing exercises daily to keep his lungs in top shape. He performs J.S. Bach's Flute Sonata No 2 in E-flat major, BWV 1031, 1st mvt. This concert originally aired Dec. 27, 2006.
Alan Toda-Ambaras' main passion in life is playing cello, and it has led to many memorable experiences, such as competing in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition, where he was selected as the Most Promising Contestant, and attending the Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany. He performs Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, 3rd mvt. This concert originally aired Dec. 27, 2006.
Yin-Yin Ou, 16, found her passion for music when she was just a toddler. "I'd go up to the piano and play random notes," she recalls. "I thought the sounds of the keys were beautiful." She performs Liszt's Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs). This concert originally aired on Dec. 27, 2006.