Show 279 | Stanford, California

Recorded: Sunday, November 10, 2013

From Stanford University, this week's From the Top features an all-California crew of performers including an extraordinary 12-year-old guitarist from the Bay Area performing the music of Villa-Lobos; the San Francisco Girls Chorus singing a beautiful arrangement of a song from Joni Mitchell's first album; and a funny story about a young pianist who found himself destroying his own piano by practicing too much.

Performers and repertoire:

Stanford Alumni Piano Trio performs III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

    18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California
    26-year-old cellist Anna Wittstruck from Asheville, North Carolina
    18-year-old pianist Hugo Kitano from San Francisco, California

18-year-old pianist David Yu from Diamond Bar, California, performs I. So rasch wie möglich from Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, by Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor, performs "Slav'sya" (Be Glorious) from Six Choruses, Op. 15, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), accompanied by Susan Soehner; and "The Pirate of Penance" by Joni Mitchell, arranged and accompanied by Christopher O'Riley.

12-year-old guitarist Chase Onodera from Sacramento, California, performs Prelude No. 1 in E minor, Andantino espressivo, by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).

18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California, performs Solo Sonata in E major, Op. 27, No. 6 by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).

Christopher O'Riley, piano, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai, conductor, performs III. Presto from Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).

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