March 2015 Listings for From the Top

March 2015 Listings for From the Top

Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Sean Chen, a from the top alumnus and the first American to take a top prize in the Van Cliburn competition in 16 years, performs this month on From the Top. 

Journey across the U.S.A this month on From the Top. You will hear music played by gifted young musicians from Maine, North Carolina, California, and more!

3/1        From North Carolina, we hear a From the Top alumnus who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. He's the first American to become a medalist in over sixteen years. We'll also meet a teenage bassoonist with a beautifully poetic story about the wilderness of New England and how it has moved his heart and shaped his music.

3/8        From the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine, we’ll hear one of the strongest teenage oboists From the Top has encountered in the past few years performing a gorgeous Élégie by Francis Poulenc; a 14-year-old violinist performs Vieuxtemp's virtuosic showpiece, the Yankee Doodle Variations; and we meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mount Desert Island, Maine.

3/15      From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music we’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

3/22      From Stanford University, we feature an all-California crew of performers including an extraordinary 12-year-old guitarist from the Bay Area performing the music of Villa-Lobos; the San Francisco Girls Chorus singing a beautiful arrangement of a song from Joni Mitchell's first album; and a funny story about a young pianist who found himself destroying his own piano by practicing too much.

3/29      From The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts each young performer discusses a connection between the music they’re performing and a work of visual art in the museum’s collection. We hear an award-winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of Bartok, and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng.

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