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Sunday, October 5, 2008  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top


On this week’s episode, young musicians perform the music of one of America’s most original and celebrated composers, William Bolcom. Highlights include a 17-year-old violinist playing his lovely Graceful Ghost Rag, a 14-year-old soprano singing one of his funny cabaret songs, and a teenage ensemble playing a string quartet written when the composer was a boy.

Performers and Repertoire

Soprano Melanie Sierra, 14, from Delray Beach, FL, performs “Amor” from Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom, with William Bolcom accompanying

Pianist Brian Ge, 11, from New York City, NY, performs V (…la belle rouquine), VI (…Pegasus), VII (…this endernight), VIII (…recess in hell), and IX (…Circus Galop) from Nine Bagatelles by William Bolcom

Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Karen Cueva, 17, from Burke, VA, performs Graceful Ghost Rag: Concert Variation for violin and piano by William Bolcom

The Bolcom Bros (violinists Ryan Shannon, 16, and Brendan O’Donnell, 17; violist William Neri, 17; and cellist Quinn Kalmansson, 16) from the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA, perform Scherzo from String Quartet No. 2 by William Bolcom

The Bolcom Bros and host Christopher O’Riley perform III. Lamination and IV. Rondo Furioso from Piano Quintet by William Bolcom

Performers & Repertoire

Release Dates

  • Monday, August 24, 2009
  • Monday, December 29, 2008

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