Boston, MA / 94

Sunday, January 18, 2004  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top


This week, From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you’ll be treated to the gorgeous sounds of the phenomenal Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Josephine Lee, and hear two movements of John Harbison’s piano quintet played by a talented teenage ensemble. Also on this week’s show, you’ll be introduced to Marvel Comic’s latest musical superhero — Viola Man!

Performers and Repertoire:

Violinist Eunice Kim, 12, from San Bruno, CA, performs Polonaise Brillante No.1 by Henryk Wieniawski

Trombone player Matthew Melore, 18, from Branchburg, NJ, performs Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant

The Chicago Children’s Choir (ages 11–18) performs Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin) by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the traditional spiritual “Elijah Rock,” arranged by Moses Hogan

Pianist Christopher O’Riley performs Waltz No. 1 by Elliott Smith, arranged by O’Riley

Pianist Jordan Flournoy, 17, from Lufkin, TX, performs Prelude in D-flat, Op.32, No. 13 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Harbison Quintet (pianist Lisa Rah, 17; cellist Jacqueline Choi, 17; violist Alex Petersen, 16; and violinists Hong-Ji Kim, 17, and Sarah Koenig-Plonskier, 16) from the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA, performs Piano Quintet, Mvts. No.2 and No.4 by John Harbison

The Chicago Children’s Choir performs a South African song “Vela Vela” (closing of program)

Release Dates

  • Monday, January 3, 2005
  • Monday, August 9, 2004
  • Monday, February 16, 2004

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