Show 160 | Boston, Massachusetts

Recorded: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

This week, From the Top returns to its home in New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, where a Texan teen puts a new spin on a piece of musical Americana, a teen quartet plays Mendelssohn, and a formerly "reluctant" cellist discovers Debussy.

Performers and repertoire:

Violinist Charles Yang, 18, from Austin TX performs Henri Vieuxtemp’s “Souvenir d’Amerique”

Marimba player Molly Yeh, 18, from Glenview, IL plays Michael Burritt’s “October Nights”

Cellist Nico Olarte-Hays, 17, from Plainsboro, NJ plays Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor, I. Prologue

Elysium String Quartet from New England Conservatory Preparatory Division (violinists Audrey Wright, 17, and Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo, 16; violist James Larson, 18; and cellist Ji Eun Lee, 16) perform Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, I. Adagio-Allegro vivace

Pianist Gen Tomuro, from Tokyo, studying at Walnut Hill School, plays Poulenc: Caprice Italien from “Napoli” suite.