Show 063 | Boston, Massachusetts

Recorded: Sunday, January 13, 2002

This week's From the Top features an energetic string quartet of all ninth graders from Pennsylvania performing from Antonín Dvořák's American Quartet. We'll also meet an expressive 15-year-old pianist and hear her nuanced performance of Chopin, and we'll find out whether it's possible to teach a teenage opera buff how to "talk football."

Performers and Repertoire:

Oboist Jessica Pearlman, 17, from El Granada, CA, performs Suite for Oboe and Piano 2nd and 5th mvts. by Walter Piston

Trumpeter Brian Kelly, 15, from Weston, MA, performs Andante and Allegro by Joseph Guy-Ropartz

Baritone Jarrod Lentz, 17, from Palmyra, PA performs "Bright is the Ring of Words" and "The Vagabond" from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Pianist Christopher O'Riley performs "Knives Out" by Radiohead, arranged by O'Riley

4 From the 9th String Quartet (violist Nicholas Mauro, 14, from York, PA; violinist Molly Baer, 14, from Reistertown, MD; violinist Benjamin Detrick, 15, from Seven Valleys, PA; and cellist Michael Watts, 14, from Ellicott City, MD) performs Finale from American String Quartet, Op. 96 in F Major by Antonín Dvořák

Pianist Bronika Kushkuley, 14, from Acton, MA, performs Feux d'artifice from Preludes, Bk. II by Claude Debussy