Norfolk, VA / 120

Wednesday, April 27, 2005  |  Harris Opera House  |  Presented by Young Audiences of Virginia and Virginia Arts Festival


This week, From the Top comes to you from the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk as guests of Young Audiences of Virginia and the Virginia Arts Festival. You’ll hear musicians from 11 to 18 years old, including a very young pianist performing Debussy and an outstanding teenage percussionist performing Mayuzumi. We’ll also tackle the stereotype of male flute players with the boys from the Governor’s School of the Arts Flute Choir, as they imagine their own remake for Comedy Central’s thankfully-cancelled The Man Show!

Performers and Repertoire:

Percussionist Brian Flescher, 18, from Lawrence, KS, performs Concertino for Xylophone, 3rd mvt. by Toshiro Mayuzumi

Pianist Kevin Lu, 11, from Newport News, VA, performs “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from the Children’s Corner Suite by Claude Debussy

Violinist Kristin Baird, 16, from Virginia Beach, VA, performs Concerto No. 2, 1st mvt. by Henryk Wieniawski

Pianist Christopher O’Riley performs “No Surprises” by Radiohead, arranged by O’Riley

The Governor’s School for the Arts Flute Choir (flutists Matthew Aiello, 18; Joshua VanDavier, 18; Melanie Libbey, 16; Dana Leonard, 15; and Emily Meyers, 15) from Norfolk, VA, performs “Ecossaise” from Academie of Dance by Catherine McMichael

French Horn player Kolio Plachkov, 17, from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, performs Czardas by Vittorio Monti

The Governor’s School for the Arts Flute Choir performs the Comedians’ Gallop by Dmitri Kabalevsky, arranged by Ricky Lombardo (closing of program)

Release Dates

  • Monday, June 13, 2005
  • Monday, December 19, 2005
  • Monday, August 28, 2006

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