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Boston, MA / 23

Saturday, June 10, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top


This week’s episode features a beautiful and diverse series of pieces including the Brahms Quintet for Piano and Strings performed by a group of teenagers whose members come from four different countries. We meet a brilliant 16-year-old oboist who claims that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” helps her prepare reeds. We hear a brilliant piece for cello and woodwinds written by an 18-year-old composer from Seattle, and we hear a third grader’s analysis of an Ibert flute concerto.

Performers and Repertoire:

Oboist Anna Steltenpohl, 16, from North Barrington, IL, performs Sonata for Oboe and Piano, 3rd mvt. by Camille Saint-Saƫns

Seraphim 2, flutist Bianca Garcia, 13, and harpist Marilinda Garcia, 17, from Salem, NH, performs Entr’Acte by Jacques Ibert

The I-20 Quintet (violinist Sahmi Merdinian, 18; violinist Ji-In Yang, 18; violist Tina Chang-Chien, 15; pianist Ido Friedman, 17; and cellist Joo Lee, 17) from New York City, NY, performs Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34, 4th mvt. by Johannes Brahms

Host Christopher O’Riley performs Prelude in F-sharp Major by Dmitri Shostakovich

Violinist Karen Kim, 17, from La Crosse, WI performs the Scherzo from Sonata in D by Sergei Prokofiev

Members of New England Conservatory’s Prep Division (flutist Michael Gordon, 18, from North Scituate, RI; oboist Lauren Kruskal, 17, from Dover, MA; clarinetist Rebecca Doggett, 15, from Brookline, MA; bass clarinetist Desmond Park, 17, from Natick, MA; and cellist Gina Tsai, 16, from Andover, MA) perform Shades of Rain by Josh Deutsch, 18, from Seattle WA.

Release Dates

  • Monday, November 13, 2000
  • Monday, September 4, 2000

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