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Jeremy Denk Guest Hosts and a World Premiere: This Week on From the Top

Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

One of America’s foremost pianists, Jeremy Denkguest hosts this week’s episode of From the Top (check your local listings or download our podcast here). Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. We were honored to have him join From the Top.

Recorded on May 25, 2019 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, this week’s episode features the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Filippo Ciabatti and includes performances and interviews with outstanding young musicians from across the country and guest artist (and From the Top alum) cellist Gabriel Cabezas.

Scenes from The Epic of American Civilization murals by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco. Photo courtesy of the National Historic Landmarks Program.

The program includes a work commissioned by Dartmouth College for its 250th anniversary. The Epic of American Civilization, a Tone Poem for Cello and Orchestra, written by Mexican-American composer Noah Luna, is inspired by murals in Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library painted by the famous Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco.

From the Top collaborated with Dartmouth on this performance as part of its New Music Series, which showcases works by contemporary composers. Luna’s The Epic of American Civilization is performed by the Dartmouth Symphony with soloist/cellist/From the Top alum Gabriel Cabezas. The New Music Series is supported in part by the Amphion Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Learn more about Luna’s The Epic of American Civilization in the Dartmouth News.

This week’s episode features:

Pianist Roxane Park, 11, from Hanover, NH | Credit Andy Park-80

11-year-old pianist Roxane Park from Hanover, New Hampshire, a seventh grader from Lyme, New Hampshire performing Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne in C sharp minor op. 19, no.4 and Prelude, from the Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 875, Well Tempered Klavier II, No.6 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Roxane and her sister Maxine (also a FTT alum) were recently featured by Vermont Public Radio.


Cellist Nygel Witherspoon, 17, from Minneapolis, MN   Credit Andy Park-175

17-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon from Minneapolis, Minnesota, winner of this year’s Sphinx Competition Junior Division, and a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, performing: I. Allegretto from Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Filippo Ciabatti.


Violist Jack Kessler, 17, from Miami, FL  Credit Andy Park-30

17-year-old violist Jack Kessler, from Miami, Florida performing: I. Impetuoso from the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke with Jeremy Denk, piano.


Subin Cho  | Credit Andy Park-58

17-year-old flutist Subin Cho from Keller, Texas, a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, performing: III. Salmon Lake from “Three Lakes” Sonata for Flute and Piano by Daniel Dorff with Jeremy Denk, piano.


Robyn Bollinger, Violin; Matthew Lipman, Viola; Gabriel Cabezas, Cello; Jeremy Denk, Piano  Credit Andy Park-124

From the Top alumni guest artists: violinist Robyn Bollinger, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellist Gabriel Cabezas performing Brahms’ Piano Quartet No.1, Op.25, IV. Rondo alla Zingarese with pianist Jeremy Denk.


Show Performers with Guest Host Jeremy Denk

Photo credits: Andy Park and From the Top.

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