NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Highlight Show 9

Monday, October 10, 2005  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top


From the Top’s “What The Heck Was That Piece” Highlights Show celebrates the adventuresome spirit of the young people on our show by featuring the kids who brought us extraordinary performances of out-of-the-way music. A young pianist introduces us to the quizzical piano music of Polish Composer, Milos Magin, we’ll hear a fabulous and raucous piece written by a 10-year-old boy from New York City and the dubious super-hero “Viola Man” drops in to bolster the self-esteem of a young violist.

Performers and Repertoire:

Violinist Jing Wang, 18, from New York City, New York performs “The Dance of the Goblins” by Antonio Bazzini

Pianist Ryan MacEvoy-McCullough, 16, from Eureka, CA, performs Five Preludes, 1st, 4th and 5th mvts. by Milosz Magin

Guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, 18, from Sunnyside, NY, performs Andaluza by Regino Sainz de la Maza

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

Pianist and composer, Conrad Tao, 10 and pianist Peng-Peng Gong, 12, both from New York City, perform “Sonata for Two Pianos, Presto” by Conrad Tao

Release Dates

  • Monday, May 7, 2007
  • Monday, September 11, 2006
  • Monday, October 10, 2005

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