Show 240 | Boston, Massachusetts

Recorded: Sunday, October 2, 2011

This week, From the Top is at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, where you'll meet a 15-year-old pianist who has already performed at the White House as well as in Baghdad with the Iraqi Symphony. Also, a 17-year-old violinist plays the music of César Franck, a teenage singer performs two pieces by Dominick Argento, and a young cello quartet closes the show with music that evokes the spirit of an old fashioned barn raising.

Performers and repertoire:

Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, 15, from New York, NY performs IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito from Sonata in E-flat, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber

Boston Flute Academy Quartet (flutists Elizabeth Sperry, 15, from Chelmsford, MA; Jinji Zhang, 17, from Boxborough, MA; Brendan Dooley, 17, from Worcester, MA; and Emma Huelskamp, 17, from Greenwood, IN) performs "Lyric Poem" by George McKay

Soprano Ashley Robillard, 17 from Norton, MA performs "The Tulip Tree" by Ned Rorem and "Winter" from 6 Elizabethan Songs by Dominick Argento

Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Jisoo Kim, 17 from Palisades Park, NJ perform IV. Allegretto poco mosso from Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano by César Franck

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Cello Quartet (cellists Leland Ko, 13, from Weston, MA; Zlatomir Fung, 12 from Westborough, MA; Claire Raizen, 16, from Cambridge, MA; and Andrew Laven, 16, from Wayland, MA) performs "A Barnraising" by Steve Laven

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