NPR’s From the Top : Atlanta, GA / Show 370
This week’s From the Top is a special program celebrating Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as our guest host. We’ll hear a 14-year-old share what it’s like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
- Guest Host: Lara Downes
Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of American music for diverse audiences.
Performers & Repertoire
- III. Jewish Song from “From Jewish Life” for Cello and Piano by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), with Lara Downes, piano.
- Figaro Variations on Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), edited by Jascha Heifetz, with Lara Downes, piano.
- I. Intermezzo and II. Mazurka from Arabesques for Piano by Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
- “Three Views” for Piano Quartet by Benjamin Beckman Performed by: Takumi Taguchi, violin; Jackie Liu, viola; Sarah Kave, cello; Ben Beckman, piano
- II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero from the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), with Lara Downes, piano.
- Lara Downes, Sarah Kave, Takumi Taguchi, Javier Morales Martinez“Somewhere” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), arr. Lara Downes performed by Lara Downes, piano
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Support Provided By
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Benjamin Beckman’s appearance on From the Top is supported by ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund
Lara Downes is a Yamaha Artist.
Lara Downes is an artist represented by CADENZA ARTISTS LLC, 12021 Wilshire Blvd #710, Los Angeles, CA 90025.www.CadenzaArtists.com.