NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Highlight Show 19

Friday, December 16, 2011  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top


Gunther Schuller, the late American composer, conductor, author, music educator, jazz innovator, and french horn player is the special guest artist on From the Top this week. You’ll hear some of his favorite From the Top moments, he’ll share stories of his multiple lives in music, and host Christopher O’Riley presents a world premiere of his work with three young musicians.

Performers and repertoire:

The Tuzforro Horn Trio (French horn player Anna Spina, 17 from Skokie, IL; violinist Hanah Stuart, 18 from Libertyville, IL; pianist Kevin Chang, 16 from Naperville, IL) performs the Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op.40, II. Scherzo: Allegro by Johannes Brahms

The Bone Rangers from the Merit School of Music (tenor trombonist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Sean Tripp, 15 from Lansing, IL; tenor trombonist Kevin Dombrowski, 15 from Lansing, IL; bass trombonist Jonathan Laxton, 17 from Oak Park, IL; and bass trombonist Matthew Wolford, 18 from Lansing, IL) performs “Trombone Quartet” by Walter Ross

The Bassooniacs (bassoonists Debra Egan, 16, from East Waterboro, ME, and Emily Olmstead, 16, Westbrook, ME, Emma Shapiro, 17, from North Waterboro, ME; and composer/bassoonist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Tim Woos, 17, from New Haven, VT) perform movements V and VII from Suite for Bassoon Quartet by Tim Woos

World Premiere of Gunther Schuller’s 1946 Fantasia Concertante – for Three Oboes & Piano, performed by Samuel Waring, oboe 1, age 18, from Belmont, MA, Rafael Horowitz Friedman, oboe 2 & English Horn, age 19 from Hadley, MA, Nicole Caligiuri, oboe 3 & English Horn, age 18 from Long Island, NY, and Christopher O’Riley, piano

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