Memphis, TN / 4

Thursday, September 23, 1999  |  Presented by Peabody Hotel


Folk legend Judy Collins joins Christopher O’Riley and seven brilliant young musicians on an especially emotional From the Top recorded at the Public Radio program Director’s Conference in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

You’ll hear a powerful young piano trio from Chicago play the challenging third movement of Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio. Judy Collins performs her ballad My Father and candidly discusses her own childhood, her blind father, and her classical music studies with the famous female conductor, Antonia Brico. Concluding the show, you’ll hear a moving performance of Turn, Turn, Turn arranged specifically for Judy and all the young performers on the show.

Performers and repertoire:

Clarinetist Jeffrey Brooks, 15, from Ellensburg, WA, performs Clarinet Sonata, 3rd mvt. by Francis Poulenc

The Fine Arts Trio (pianist Stephanie Nilles, 15, from Wheaton, IL; cellist Daniel Feder, 16, from Chicago, IL; and violinist Eunice Keem, 15, from Northfield, IL) performs Piano Trio, 3rd mvt. by Rebecca Clarke

Judy Collins performs My Father

Christopher O’Riley performs Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Violinist Maya Shankar, 12, from Cheshire, CT, performs La Campanella by Niccolo Paganini/ Fritz Kreisler

Vocalist Debra Stanley, 16, from Annandale, VA, performs Art is Calling for Me by Victor Herbert

French horn player Geoffrey Pilkington, 17, from Largo, FL, performs Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, 1st mvt. by Richard Strauss

Judy Collins and all featured young musicians perform Turn, Turn, Turn from the Book of Ecclesiastes, arranged by Pete Seeger

Performers & Repertoire

Release Dates

  • Monday, May 1, 2000
  • Monday, January 24, 2000

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