NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Austin, Texas / Show 332

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00PM  |  The Long Center  |  Presented by The Long Center

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From Austin, Texas, this episode of From the Top features a nuanced and emotional performance of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Sharp Minor, opus 32 by a 14-year-old pianist from California, a teenage oboist local to Austin who is also a world champion knife thrower, and a young percussionist from Denver performing a mesmerizing piece on the marimba.

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Performers & Repertoire

  • I. Impetuoso from the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) with Christopher O’Riley, piano
  • The Second Movement from the Sonata for Oboe and Piano Op.166 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) with Christopher O’Riley, piano
  • “Prism” by Keiko Abe (b. 1937)
  • Polonaise No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4 for Violin and Piano by Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) with Christopher O’Riley, piano
  • Prelude in G Sharp Minor, Op. 32 No. 12 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and II. Presto from Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • Berceuse Romantique, Op.9 by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) with Christopher O’Riley, piano

Beyond the Concert Hall

The musicians from this show also visited three schools in the Austin area, conducting workshops with students at Crockett High School, Clint Small Middle School, and Covington Middle School Fine Arts Academy.

Release Dates

  • Monday, March 20, 2017
  • Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Monday, August 20, 2018

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