May 2016 Listings for From the Top

May 2016 Listings for From the Top

Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Pianist Roger Xia will perform Beethoven this month, along with many other fine young musicians.

This month we'll visit Colorado, Georgia, Indiana and Montana, and hear some great music on the way. We'll meet a 12 year old pianist mastering Schumann, and a young organist who's love for music got him into a bit of trouble with his local library.

5/1        From the Aspen Music Festival we’ll hear the young musicians who gather there to study and perform during the summer. A pianist who’s just twelve years old performs the music of Robert Schumann, we’ll experience a deeply emotional double bass performance by a young man from Seattle, and we’ll hear about a wonderful outreach program called “Back to Bach,” founded by a 15-year-old cellist on the program.

5/8        From the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing, we’ll feature alumni artists from The Mondavi Young Artist Competition, including From the Top alum Hilda Huang who is celebrating her recent win at the International Bach Competition.  We’ll also hear 13-year-old pianist Roger Xia perform Beethoven, 16-year-old cellist Nathan Le perform music by Zoltán Kodály, and violinist Geneva Lewis performs Tzigane for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel with pianist and show host Christopher O’Riley.

5/15      From Atlanta, Georgia, we’ll hear a thrilling performance by a local public school choir, a 14-year-old cellist performs Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo capriccioso with tremendous warmth and spirit, and we’ll meet a young organist with a great story of how his devotion to musical scholarship got him into a bit of trouble – his local library once threatened him with over $2000 in fines for keeping so many musical scores out beyond their due date.

5/22      From The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, we hear all the adrenaline-filled performances by the young musicians who have made it to the finals as they compete for the gold medal.  Artists include the Alegrar Quartet, Trio Adonais, and the Incendium Quartet

5/29      From Big Sky, Montana, we’ll feature a young pianist who conjures up a great seascape through his multi-layered performance of the music of Maurice Ravel, a flashy violin showpiece played by a fearless 14-year-old from Santa Fe, and a local trumpet player who, when she’s not practicing scales, is out running marathons across the Montana landscape.