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Sunday, October 24, 2010  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top


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This week we broadcast from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall where we learn what’s it like to grow up in a family with three generations of serious classical musicians. Also, a 13-year-old pianist performs from the Bach Goldberg Variations and a teenage Chinese American talks about the evolving tradition of the ancient cousin to the violin, the Erhu.

Francesca Bass, violin, age 15 from Brookline, MA performing Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, No. 1 (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate

Baldvin Oddsson, trumpet, age 16 from Reykjavik, Iceand, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, performing II. Nocturne from Concerto for Trumpet by Henri Tomasi

See photos of Baldvin and Francesca’s musical families!

Kadar Qian, piano, age 13 from Westford, MA performing Aria, Variation 1 and Variation 5 from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Muhan Zhang, erhu, age 17 from Boston, MA performing Lady Lan Hua-Hua, Shanbei Folksong and Sai Ma (Horse Race) by Huang Haihuai

PALS Children’s Chorus (Alysoun Kegel, Artistic Director) performing “Who is the East” by Eleanor Bragg, age 13 from Brookline, MA and “Singing this Piece” by Bruce Adolphe, accompanied by Brett Hodgdon, piano.

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  • Monday, May 9, 2011
  • Monday, November 15, 2010

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