Show 068 | Portland, Oregon

Recorded: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

From the Top brings its signature mix of youth, classical music and humor to Portland, Oregon.  This week, we'll meet a dedicated 16-year-old violinist from California and hear the powerful story of her beloved violin's history. We'll hear Gershwin's  "Summertime" performed soulfully on the double bass by a 17-year-old from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Finally, we'll be treated to a performance of Portland's renowned youth hand bell choir, Ring of Fire, and learn why public radio and ice fishing don't mix.

Performers and Repertoire:

Violinist Pala Garcia, 16, from Berkeley, CA, performs Ysaye's Sonata No. 4, 1st mvt. by Eugène Ysaye

Pianist Tien-En "Andy" Liu, 17, from Lakeland, FL, performs Toccata by Sergei Prokofiev

Bass vocalist Nicholas Anderman, 18, from Leavenworth, WA, performs  "I Feel the Deity Within" and "Arm, Arm Ye Brave" from Judas Maccabeus by George Frideric Handel

Pianist Christopher O'Riley performs "Place to Be" by Nick Drake, arranged by O'Riley

Double bassist Evan Premo, 17, from Amasa, MI, performs his own arrangement of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin

Ring of Fire (handbell ensemble) from Hillsboro, OR, performs "The Tempest" by Kevin McChesney

Violinist Pala Garcia, 16, from Berkeley, CA, performs Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate (closing of program)